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‘Climate changes may expose more people to diseases’

 Source: Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL| Jun 11

“The impact of climate change include gradual warming up of temperature, changes in precipitation and changes in natural environment pattern which in turn, poses a threat to human health by affecting the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the weather we experience. Such scenarios may expose more people to diseases.”

This was stated by director of Health Services, Dr. Rajo on World Environment Day observation held at Medical Directorate Lamphelpat. He said climate change may affect health of the people by changing the distribution and occurrence of vector-bone diseases. It can also increase the occurrence of Dengue which is a mosquito-borne disease. People should also become aware that many pollutants responsible for climate change also affects human health through its impacts on air quality that are linked to respiratory and cardiac threats, he said.  

Purification of air pollutants and balancing of environment patterns can be achieved through increasing the numbers trees and forests, he further stated. “The main cause of climate change is deforestation, therefore let us stop deforestation and start planting trees,” he stated.

Tree saplings were planted inside the compound of Medical Directorate and College of Nursing College, School of Nursing, FW Training School, SIHF.

The observation function was also attended by additional director (MC), medical directorate, Dr. P. Shyamsunder, additional director (PH), medical directorate, Dr. Kh. Sasheekumar Mangang, Sr. administrator officer, medical directorate, K. Shyamchandra.