Discussion held on health consequences of air pollution in the two-day ‘Climate Change and Human Health’ workshop

Raipur (| A 2- day national-level workshop was held under National Programme on Climate Change and Human Health (NPCCHH) at Raipur. It was organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Health Departments. The workshop was organised to discuss the increasing levels of air pollution and its adverse effects on human health, and also the measure to be taken to tackle them.

The first day of the workshop was held on September 28 in which a community tour was organised for all participants to study the ill effects of air pollution on human health. They also visited AIIMS Raipur and the District Hospital of Raipur to understand the referral system. In the workshop, the national-level experts appreciated the measure taken under the ‘Chhattisgarh model’ to tackle air pollution and create awareness among the general population (vulnerable community) in Chhattisgarh. He also advised other states to adopt the measures taken by Chhattisgarh in tackling air pollution.

Additional Director of National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) New Delhi under Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Akash Srivastava, Deputy Director Dr. Rameshwar, State Nodal Officers of all states, and from Chhattisgarh Professor Dr. Ajay Kumar Behera HOD, Department of Pulmonary Medicine & TB, AIIMS Raipur, Chhattisgarh State Nodal Officer of NPCCHH, State Health Department Dr. Dharmendra Gahwai, along with State Advisors and Advisors of National Human Resource Centre, Raipur were present in the workshop.