“We barely witnessed better AQI for two days but after Diwali it worsened again and the number of patients coming to our OPDs remained unchanged.
Dr., Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Apollo Hospital, Delhi. “Perhaps there was a very minor period of relaxation and that too because it coincided with the celebrations. Otherwise, the situation will remain the same,” Suranjit Chatterjee said.
Chest Diseases consultant at Fortis Hospital, Dr. Richa Sareen also said there was “almost no relief period” for OPDs.
“Three days of relatively better AQI coincided with three days of festivities, and people generally avoid going to hospitals during the festive season,” he said.
He said cases of prolonged cough, eye irritation, throat infection and respiratory problems have been reported at Fortis Hospital.
He asked people to take all precautions such as wearing masks when going out and warned them not to go for a walk or exercise early in the morning.
Delhi became the world’s most polluted city on the Monday after Diwali, followed by Lahore and Karachi in Pakistan, according to IQAir, a Swiss company that specializes in air quality monitoring.
Holy Family Hospital medical director and head of intensive care, Dr. Sumit Ray said that there is no decrease in the number of patients coming to OPD due to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and bronchitis.
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