· Celebrated on April 7 every year, World Health Day provides us with an opportunity to organize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme for this year’s campaign is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders– ‘Depression’.
· Depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s, poor academic performance – these are just some of the things that scientists have connected to air pollution in recent years. It now seems apparent that the poor air quality affects our bodies with list of diseases such as increased risks of stroke, heart attack and lung disease, could also be affecting our brains. Ultimately this leads to learning problems and even depression.
· The government is already paying attention to outdoor air pollution problems in India. However, it is crucial to start talking more about indoor air pollution because this is where we spend 90% of our time. Indoor air pollution can be a more serious and potentially fatal problem as it can be ten to hundred times more polluted than the air outside.
· While we are unable to improve the air outside, we can take proactive, individual steps to head off airborne pollutants to create safer indoor environments by investing in indoor air purifiers that remove contaminants.