On the occasion of World COPD Day, Blueair hosted one of a kind initiative on advocating people on clean air and lung health. The event is being held from 15th to 17th November at Cyber Hub, Gurugram where a Blueair home experience zone has been created with the entire range of air purifiers on display. The chief guests for the event were Dr. Naresh Sharma President- Indian Medical Association (IMA)- Gurugram, Dr. Himanshu Garg, senior pulmonologist at Artemis Hospital and Ms. Ruchika Sethi, Well Known environmentalist.
The first day of the event saw over 100 people gather and holding their breath for few seconds to experience the importance of breathing freely and the repercussions it would have if we are unable breathe clean air. There were free lung health checkups conducted by Artemis Hospital. Which will be followed by ~10,000 (Ten Thousand) Blueair N95 anti-pollution masks distribution during this entire event.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Arvind Chabra, Country Head, Blueair India, said, “Delhi NCR being one of the most polluted cities in India, it is very essential to identify the Invisible dangers of breathing polluted air. Outdoor pollution that sweeps in along with the combination of existing indoor pollutants can be up to 5 times more polluted. Air purifiers are one of the effective solutions to keep the indoor air healthy always. With superior HEPASilent™ technology, Blueair air purifiers empower individuals to take control of their indoor air by removing 99.97% of the air pollutants down to 0.1 Micron removing all bacteria, virus, fine dust causing respiratory illness and other diseases We can take proactive, individual steps to head off airborne pollutants to create safer indoor environments.”
Dr. Himanshu Garg, Director of Pulmonology at Artemis Hospital, further added, “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term used to describe a group of lung diseases which includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma. It is the sixth largest killer and soon going to be 3 rd. largest killer’s patients present with breathlessness and coughing most with expectoration. This was normally thought be due to smoking but now pollution is thought to be a strong contributor leading to a Increase by 25% in recent months. We need to improve access for these patients to seek help early to decrease their morbidity. Strong measures need to be taken to decrease the smoking rates and to control pollution levels in order to deal with this epidemic”
Air pollution is a major environmental and health problem affecting all age groups. People with medical conditions such as respiratory problems, and children are the most vulnerable to air pollution. The levels of particulate matter (PM) 2.5 have serious health implications such as asthma, bronchitis, chronic respiratory symptoms including, shortness of breath, painful breathing, and premature deaths as these tend to get lodged in the lung and can even enter the bloodstream.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally around 65 million people suffer from moderate to severe COPD. Out of this, 3 million succumbed to COPD in 2005 and experts estimate that by 2030 it will be the third most common cause of deaths.