Vice President of the Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, D. Prabhakar, on Saturday said that air pollution was one of the leading causes of cardiovascular diseases in the country.
Inaugurating the 18 th annual conference of the Association of Physicians of India (API) organised by its Tamil Nadu chapter here, he said that there was a perception that air pollution would cause lung diseases. In addition, it has been found that both indoor and outdoor air pollution would lead to cardiovascular diseases and blood pressure.
Dr. Prabhakar said the air pollution, which was found abnormal in New Delhi, had been causing trouble to the citizens. The number of people suffering from lung and heart diseases in New Delhi were on the rise. Though the situation In Chennai was better than New Delhi, it was noticed that the air pollution was steadily rising in Chennai due to the large extent of industrial emission. Remedial measures should be taken to control air pollution.
JA. Jayalal, former president, IMA, secretary, Common Wealth Medical Association, delivered a special address. S. Sethuraman, chairman, API, Tamil Nadu chapter, presided.
More than 1,000 delegates from different parts of the country attended the conference, which will conclude on Sunday.