With Delhi air pollution reaching hazardous levels, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has written to the Delhi government urging schools to stop all outdoor sports and activities.
India Today has accessed a copy of the IMA letter addressed to Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia, in which the National President of IMA, Dr KK Agarwal has expressed grave concern about air pollution in city.
Dr KK Aggarwal writes, “Children are more prone to harmful effects of air pollution as their lungs are still growing… Breathing polluted air can hamper the growth of their lungs leading to breathing problems later on in life”.
The letter further reads, “As the air quality in Delhi NCR has been recently of hazardous quality, with air quality index ranging from poor to very poor to severe category, we appeal to you to stop all outdoor activities and sports in schools keeping in view the harmful impact of air pollution on children and immediately issue an advisory in this regard to all schools”.
The IMA in the letter has said that when the Air Quality Index crosses 200, time spent outdoors should be restricted. Hence, all outdoor sports, marathons and other outdoor activities in schools should be cancelled.