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Doctors ask Harsh Vardhan to strengthen health plan in proposed NCAP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A group of doctors has urged to strengthen the health plan in the proposed National Clean Air Action Plan (NCAP), stating that was wreaking havoc on the health of people in the country.

The Ministry of Environment, had released a draft of the NCAP to address the crisis that most cities were facing.

While lauding the initiative, the doctors rued that the attention given to health in the proposed NCAP fell short of the expectations of the public health community.

The doctors drew the minister's attention to an ICMR-led report of 2017 which highlighted the contribution of to disease burden in

The report noted that household air pollution was responsible for five per cent of the total disease burden in the country in 2016 and outdoor air pollution for six per cent.

It observed that the contribution of most major non-communicable disease groups to the total disease burden increased all over from 1990, including cardiovascular diseases, mental health and neurological disorders and cancers among others, the doctors stated.

They suggested that the NCAP's vision on health should broadly consist of measures including mitigating the adverse health impacts of air pollution and making provisions for the betterment of affected population.

The NCAP draft should also outline the or other benefits that it aimed to provide to assist affected people in accessing medical help, it said.

On the preventive aspect, the NCAP should detail provisions that it aimed to introduce to check air pollution from various sources, the letter said.

It should specify time-bound emission reduction targets and outline its plan to implement stricter sector-specific emissions norms in more detail in the document.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 21:30 IST