Friday November 16, 2018

Incessant dengue: Figure reaches 21 in capital

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: With dengue claiming three more lives on Thursday, the toll in the national capital rose to 21 on Friday.

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Mohd. Shehwaj (11) from Uttar Pradesh, Kiran Kumari (12) from Delhi’s Nangloi and Rahisha (37) from Dwarka area died on Thursday at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital.

Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain earlier announced that a total of 11 people died of dengue in the city.

“They all died due to dengue shock syndrome leading to multi-organ failure on Thursday,” an RML official said.

In another case, an 18-year-old Rishabh succumbed to the virus at Max Hospital in Vaishali in Ghaziabad on Thursday.

According to Rishab’s family, the Delhi youth was first taken to the Gupta Multispeciality Hospital in Vivek Vihar then to Max Hospital, Patparganj, and finally to Max Hospital, Vaishali, where he died.

“We first took him to Gupta Multispeciality Hospital in Vivek Vihar on Monday, where his platelet count was found to be 80,000. The doctors there told us to arrange five units of platelets. Around 2.30 AM on Monday, the doctors said he was critical and must be shifted to a bigger hospital,” said Rishabh’s elder brother Himangshu.

“… we took him to Max Hospital, Patparganj, early Wednesday where there weren’t enough beds… We then took him to Max in Vaishali around 8.30 p.m. on Wednesday. He was put on ventilator but he died around 6 PM on Thursday,” he added.

A Max hospital statement said: “Rishab was brought to the emergency room of Max Hospital, Patparganj, in a critical condition on September 16 (Wednesday) early morning hours with diagnosis of dengue shock syndrome fever with Thrombocytopenia.”

“On investigation, his platelet count was found very low 9,000 and one unit of platelet was transfused. Since the critical care beds were not available, the option of shifting the patient to nearby Max Vaishali was given to the attendants. In the meantime, patient was managed in the Emergency care of Max Patparganj,” it added.

“With the consent of the attendant, the patient was shifted to Max Vaishali in an advanced cardiac life support ambulance with emergency doctor and a paramedic staff in the evening of 16 September. In spite of all active resuscitation measures put in by the team of doctors, the patient succumbed to dengue on September 17 (Thursday) at 5.55 PM.”

(with inputs from IANS)

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Air Pollutants Can Be Stopped If They Are Frozen : Scientists

The air-quality across the NCR was very poor

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India's Rashtrapati Bhawan, or the Presidential Palace is partly visible due to smog as traffic plies on Rajapth, the ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi. VOA

Freezing pollutants can prevent deadly outdoor air pollution — thought to cause more than three million premature deaths worldwide every year — from seeping indoors by 99 per cent, scientists have discovered.

The research, by a team of scientists from the Nottingham Trent University in the UK and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, involved studying the effectiveness of cryogenics for indoor air purification, by removing the gaseous pollutants and tiny particulates caused by haze.

The team found that as they circulated haze-polluted air through a cryogenic condenser, the finer particles stuck together in the condenser tube before dropping out by gravity, and emerging as clean air.

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Their method was able to remove 99 per cent of particulates and 98 per cent of nitrogen oxide pollutants.

“Hazardous outdoor air pollution has severely affected indoor air quality, threatening the health of billions of people,” said Professor Robert Mortimer, Dean of the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at Nottingham.

“Outdoor air pollution in cities is a global problem. While there are some existing technologies to purify indoor air, they can be inefficient, expensive or produce harmful by-products.

“When outdoor air quality is poor, people tend to spend even more time indoors – but outdoor pollution also leads to indoor pollution and people are still impacted.”

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In this Sept. 19, 2018 photo steam and cooling towers of a lignite power plant are reflected in a pond in Peitz, eastern Germany. VOA

The experiments, reported in the journal Science of the Total Environment, showed that by simply circulating polluted air through a small freezing chamber we can remove most of the fine particles and gas pollutants.

“Our study makes it possible to add an ‘air cleaner’ option to household appliances in areas which might experience extremely poor air conditions. By controlling indoor air pollution and improving air quality in this way, this work could be greatly beneficial for public health,” added Gang Pan, Professor at the varsity.

It is hoped that the work could pave the way for simple modification of air conditioning and humidifier units so that they can also clean polluted indoor air, the team said.

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Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Sunday witnessed “very poor” air quality with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average.

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The air-quality across the NCR was very poor, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 87 per cent. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 28 degrees Celsius. (IANS)