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Centre to monitor climate change effects on public health comes up in Pune

IANS  |  Pune 

A group of medical colleges here have launched a "Centre for and Health" to address the immediate and long term impacts of on people's health, especially the poor and vulnerable in society, it was announced on Tuesday.

The centre will work in collaboration with the National Environmental Engineering Institute, Nagpur, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, the Indian Institute of Public Health, Ahmedabad and the Indian Council of Medical Research,

It will create awareness among medical students and faculty, offer specialized courses on and health, post-graduate scholarships and post-doctorate fellowships in the field.

"When narration of planetary menace due to climate change is getting engulfed in continental politics and technicalities of temperature and sea-level rise, the life-threatening diseases that are intensifying in their frequency and intensity are already taking the toll," said Rajendra Shende, the Mentor of the new Centre and of

He said the direct damage to health is estimated by to be between $2-4 billion per annum by 2030.

Besides, there would be impact on social, environmental and economic costs due to damage to health which would be much more and affect the GDP growth of each nation, warned Shende, a former of UNEP.

"Costs to the countries with - mostly in developing countries - will weaken them further unless assistance is given to prepare them for the response," he added.

The launch coincided with the 70th World Health Day celebrated last week and other prominent speakers who addressed a panel discussion on 'Impacts of Climate Change and Public Health' organized by Maharashtra Institute of Technology-World Peace Institute, included (a recorded message by) WHO (Public Health and Environment) and IITM's Gufran Beig,

The Centre will deploy like IoT, Big Data analytics and robotics for a1cademics and and field research on health and would be part of the Smart Campus Cloud Network, of



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First Published: Tue, April 10 2018. 18:56 IST