Stubble burning: Over 10 patients visit hospital everyday. Ludhiana – The burning of paddy straw coupled has resulted in rise in number of asthma and respiratory infection cases in different city hospitals and clinics. With the tremendous rise in asthma patients, Health Department is on its toes as more than 10 patients are getting admitted in Civil Hospital Ludhiana regularly. Despite the ban, some farmers are still burning paddy stubble without thinking about its harmful effects. Some of the farmers on requesting anonymity claimed that they were forced to burn the stubble, as they had no other option.Doctors in city say that number of patients visiting clinics double during this time. Dr Avinash Jindal, Medical Specialists at Civil Hospital articulated, “Regular 10 to 15 patients are coming which are suffering from asthma due to stubble burning and within few days patients have been increased due to burgeoning smog emanating from these burning”. Associate professor at CMCH Hospital, Ludhiana, Dr Neerul Bansal said that around 30 to 35 patients with asthma and respiratory tract problems Visit hospitals during these days as compared to other days, where only 15-18 cases were reported.She said burning paddy stubble could add to the asthma patients’ woes adding that it could cause respiratory problems, cough, cold and other allergies and advised people to keep themselves safe from pollution. Nirmal Singh, a senior citizen demanded strict ban on burning of paddy stubble. He said, “I have myself suffered several times due to burning of stubble. The departments concerned should implement the ban in a proper way.” According to sources, no case has been registered so far as none of the case of burning paddy straw has come to light. According to experts, burning of rice straw has results in loss of essentials elements which include 100 pc nitrogen, 80 pc sulphur and 20 pc phosphorous and potassium.
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