Alas! Out of 10.3 million deaths worldwide, Pollution is solely responsible for killing 2.5 million people in 2015. The death rate induced by pollution is thrice the number of deaths from AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. It is rightful to say that pollution is now a dreaded enemy to our health. If you are residing in Delhi, Kolkata, Ranchi or other polluted cities, you have a higher chance of dying of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Lung Cancer and other pollution-related diseases.
Now that you have gained a clear picture of the pollution-death relationship. Let us delve further. According to the Lancet study, India ranks first in terms of pollution linked deaths, followed by China, contributing to 27% of fatality rate. You will be shocked to know
Pollution causing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) have risen to 55.4% in 2016. Twenty-two Million people lost their lives to COPD and
The flowchart is simple: Lack of knowledge, awareness, facilities, experts-> delay in disease detection and treatment ->rise in the hospital bill. According to government data, only 44.7% of the rural population reported pollution-induced diseases compared to 58.7% reports.
But for every problem, there is a solution, only if we start off with the solution now! At the individual
level, you can curb the use of private transport and switch to carpools for travelling to the office, school or college, get your vehicle pollution checked regularly, install cost-effective chimneys at the kitchen, use masks while going out, minimize the use of sprays, deodorants containing particulate matter and Chlorofluorocarbons. At the government level, laws to reduce pollution must be diligently enforced.
Among the 2.5 million deceased, we would not want ourselves to be next. So stay aware and beware!
Jayantika is an Associate Product Manager passionate about positioning the right products to the right audience at the right time. She kickstarted her career as a content writer and has written blogs on pollution, fashion, news and recent technologies. In her free time, she likes to read books, write articles, travel and hike.
She interned at SimplyPurify from Oct 2017 to Dec 2017 as a content writer