The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is set to lead the first large-scale study in nearly 18 years on links between respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, and air quality in the capital.
- AIIMS will be part of a three-centre initiative funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to find how changes in the Air Quality Index (AQI) impacts admission of patients with respiratory and cardiovascular complaints.
- This study will cover adult and paediatric population and look at admissions in respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, which are increasingly being associated with air pollution.
- Lady Hardinge Medical College’s paediatrics department and Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (VPCI) will be the other two centres participating in the ICMR study.
- AIIMS is also looking at initiating a pollution study focussing on lung function tests and is ready to publish another study that links eye infections to bad air quality.
- A landmark study on outdoor air pollution and emergency room visits in Delhi hospitals, conducted by the medicine department chief (AIIMS) Dr J N Pandey from 1997-98 showed that admissions increased on poor air quality days.
- This study was referred to by the Supreme Court in its historic judgment directing public transport in Delhi to be converted to CNG.