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December 31, 2007

Chilly weather increasing dust allergy risk in twin cities

Opinion

December 31, 2007

Islamabad

The persistent cold and chilly weather has increased the risk of dust allergy and throat infections among people.

The dull and dry weather is one of the major factors contributing to the increasing dust allergy.

Apart from weather effects, automobiles are the prime contributors of air pollution causing various respiratory ailments while unhygienic garbage disposal also increases respiratory and skin diseases.

Hundreds of sweepers in the twin cities are further polluting the air by raising thick clouds of dust and dirt during the morning hours. They start cleaning and sweeping the roads early morning, adding pollutants in the atmosphere.

A majority of the residents leave their homes for work and children for schools and colleges during this time, which directly exposes them to the pollution, seriously affecting their health, said Asma Akhtar, a student.

The dust particles lodge in the lungs, resulting in various allergies and respiratory problems.

Through maintaining cleanliness, risk of dust allergy can be reduced to some extent, a medical expert said.

Highlighting the effects of dust allergy, he termed violent bouts of sneezing, an itchy throat, breathlessness and black sputum as some of the immediate effects of being exposed to high levels of dust.

The lack of cleanliness is the major reason of increasing problems of allergies, as without cleanliness there can be no health.

The residents have urged the Solid Waste Management Departments of the Capital Development Authority and the Tehsil Municipal Administration of Rawalpindi to increase the number of vehicles for lifting the waste from storage bins. The people must be educated about these issues through mass awareness campaigns.

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