Respiratory illnesses, heart diseases on rise, say doctors

Over 150 residents, including NGO representatives, doctors, officials and RWA members, came together on Thursday to raise awareness over rising air pollution at a workshop, Tackling Deteriorating Air Quality.
The doctors at the workshop said that cases of respiratory and heart diseases are on the rise and other experts raised the need to implement all emergency measures to tackle air pollution in Gurgaon. Doctor said, "There has been an increase of at least 20% in new asthma patients, every two years. For those who are raised in Gurgaon, chances of developing lung diseases by old age are, of course, high."
"Gurgaon is landlocked and thus dust gets trapped and has no way to leave the city. The city also doesn't have enough air pollution monitors. I think that small actions can make a difference and that all issues do not get equal attention," she said, addressing the gathering.