#Alarming: Artificial lungs turn completely black in 6 DAYS!
You must be aware of Delhi's deteriorating air quality. In the last few weeks it has worsened further due to stubble burning in the neighbouring states, and just when it was beginning to show signs of revival, uncontrolled bursting of firecrackers during Diwali sent the air quality back to hazardous levels with certain areas like India Gate reporting AQI as high as 999 a day after Diwali.

To show, just how alarming the air pollution situation is, Dr. Arvind Kumar, chairman of the Centre for Chest Surgery at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital who also heads the Lung Care Foundation installed a pair of giant lungs outside the hospital.

Dr. Kumar recreated human lungs with the help of HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters, which are used inside operation theatres to trap dust. And to imitate the working of a human lung, the lungs were fitted with fans. Six days later, the lungs turned completely dark.

"We had thought it would take at least one month for the lungs to get dark but the lungs changed colour in just 24 hours. On day 6, the lungs had become completely dark," says Dr. Kumar.

Dr. Kumar blames the worsening air quality of the national capital to the city's failure to tackle air pollution at multiple levels. He claims that throughout the year, Delhi is exposed to PM 2.5 levels that are above 200 which is the equivalent of smoking over ten cigarettes a day, even for newborn children. What this means, says the doctor is: "There are no non-smokers in India. We have all become a nation of smokers."

The installation is a reminder of a warning issued by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, "The world has turned the corner on tobacco. Now it must do the same for the 'new tobacco'- the toxic air that billions breathe every day."

Air pollution is among the environmental problems that adversely affect people’s health. There is a close relationship between medicine and environment, and as a consequence, there are ethical considerations surrounding the problem of air pollution. Physicians are ordinary citizens and are effective and influential in their role as members of the society. Since air pollution and the environment are public concerns, physicians ought to observe these issues as other individuals, for instance, use their personal cars less frequently, use public transportation, avoid smoking, contribute to tree planting, observe regulations such as vehicle inspection, and so on.

So which direction are we progressing in? Is there a tomorrow we are looking forward to?

Let's try and change the current scenario! Please share your views in the comment section below.

Read more: https://www.firstpost.com/india/there-are-no-non-smokers-in-india-says-doctor-who-installed-artificial-lungs-in-delhi-to-create-awareness-on-air-pollution-5529551.html
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True , but thankfully our lungs have an excellent clearance mechanism and great turnover time , which is keeping us breathing and alive (for now) :P
Nov 19, 2018Like1