As air quality deteriorated in the capital Monday, a pair of artificial lungs, installed at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, changed colour from white to black in 48 hours. This, doctors said, implies that the city’s toxic air will take just two days to severely impact human lungs.
The lungs at the hospital are fitted with white Hepa filters, which are the same as those used in face masks, and have fans inside to pull in the air. The installation has been designed as part of a campaign launched by the ‘Help Delhi Breathe’ initiative.
“The installation is mimicking the functioning of our lungs. This clearly shows how bad the air quality in Delhi is right now. A healthy pair of lungs, when exposed to dust and air pollutants, turns black. We were shocked to see the colour of the lungs change so quickly,” said Dr Arvind Kumar, chairman, department of chest surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
The model will be installed at various places in the next few months. “Our lungs have become a storehouse of carbon. The authorities and political parties should take immediate preventive measures rather than playing a blame game and neglecting the issue,” said Dr Kumar.
Pollutants that pose a major health concern include particulate matter, carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide.