NEW DELHI: As air pollution in Delhi-NCR reaches ‘severe plus’ levels, Dr. Randeep Guleria, former AIIMS director and pulmonologist, warns of a surge in breathing problems among the population, extending beyond those with pre-existing respiratory conditions or heart issues.
More patients are reporting breathing difficulties in OPD, leading to increased hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and referrals even for those without any prior diseases.
Delhi’s residents have been grappling with hazardous smog conditions for a week, with air quality index levels exceeding WHO recommendations by nearly 20 times, prompting government and medical advice for people to stay indoors.
Dr. Randeep Guleria, a senior pulmonologist, shared the following insights:
People with pre-existing conditions like bronchitis or heart problems may experience a rise in respiratory problems.
This can lead to a decrease in oxygen saturation and a surge in emergency visits.
More patients with breathing complaints are seeking medical attention in OPD (Outpatient Department) settings.
Hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and referrals in the OPD are increasing not only for patients with pre-existing conditions but also for individuals without any prior health issues.