New Delhi: As pollution in the national capital reached disastrous levels with smog enveloping the whole city, the Health Ministry on Wednesday issued a pollution advisory, asking citizens to drink plenty of water and avoid areas with smoke or heavy dust, among other measures.
In a list of preventive measures, the ministry has also urged all to remain indoors in case of breathing difficulty and advised keeping children indoors as much as possible.
The advisory further recommended medical assistance in case of difficulty in breathing, increase in breathing rate, palpitations or severe bout of coughing and/or sneezing.
Citizens are also advised to avoid morning walk or any other strenuous outdoor activity that increases breathing rate, avoid smoking, avoid the areas with smoke or heavy dust, and minimize the use of deodorants and room sprays as much as possible.
If you have any heart ailments or chronic respiratory disease or asthma, continue your medication as advised by physician, added the advisory.
Delhi has long been battling the problem of air pollution. Recently, the stubble burning by farmers in nearby states of Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan are also speculated to have added to the factors causing pollution, along with bursting of crackers on Diwali.