KANPUR:The city hospitals are witnessing an increase in respiratory ailments cases these days due to hot weather conditions prevailing in the region. The dug-up roads, choking on dust is adding to the woes people who are facing respiratory troubles because of the same.
"With the change in weather, the threat of respiratory diseases has started looming large. Heavy blowing winds and dust have made the life of commuters and Asthma patients miserable in city,' said Dr RP Singh, TB and chest specialist at Lala Lajpta Rai hospital.
The expert further informed that the Outpatient Department (OPD) of LLR is witnessing more then 40 to 60 extra cases related to respiratory and lung ailments nowadays. The number of asthma patients have also increased with changing weather patterns.
"The dust particles aggravate allergic bronchitis and asthma, but the long term impact of other allergens like suspended particulate matter (SPM) and respirable SPM coming out from other sources even threaten chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, if exposed for longer period," he added.
If the reports of chest consultants are to be believed, these particles also harm pregnant women and their foetus. Patients should try to either remain indoor or use breathing mask if available. These particles also harm the conditions of patients with mental disease (controlled on medication).
Dr Anil Nigam, chest specialist at Ursala Horseman Hospital said that the rise in respiratory ailments mainly happens due to the particulate matter in smog that triggers asthma in individuals allergic to it. The expert points out that sudden variations in temperatures is harmful for children as well.
It is important to mention here that as per the outpatient records of the UHM and other district hospitals, the chest specialists are observing nearly 30 to 50 increased cases everyday. Also, among all the patients, at least 30% are children.
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are also finding the conditions difficult to tackle.The ongoing digging work under Jawharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) is adding dust to environment.
" Meanwhile, the denizens are also not likely to get a respite from weather conditions that has witnessed the return of windy and dusty conditions after a short spell of overcast conditions. According to the weather scientists of Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, the low humidity and windy conditions are likely to prevail for some more days and there are no signs of western disturbances casting shadows over east UP region soon.