Raipur: Ahead of Deepawali festival, the Chhattisgarh branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Chhattisgarh Private Hospital Board has urged state government to impose complete ban on the sale of fire crackers in the view of coronavirus pandemic.
Both the heath organizations have expressed over the harmful effects of the firecrackers on environment as well as human health. The use of these fire crackers may even be fatal for the vulnerable patients.
However, people belonging to the old age groups of the state have expressed their reluctance over the same raising question that doctors are expressing concern about pollution, even demanding a ban on firecrackers in the festival of Diwali under the guise of corona infection. They have said that some people have even suffered ‘hiltership’ of doctors during the pandemic while many have also lost their lives. If this class of people have understood the pain of common people during the pandemic and have taken efforts to provide free treatment in private hospitals, then we would have understood that they are actually worried about people suffering from the horrors of corona infection.
The groups have also commended efforts made by chief minister Bhupesh Baghel for taking utmost care for the protection and health of the people of Chhattisgarh who are suffering from Corona infection. The group has also said that the doctors should first demand shut down of polluting private and government run industries and plants.
Meanwhile, National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sought response from 18 states, extending the scope of the case related to the demand for curb of burning or bursting of firecrackers in the view of pollution control and health of the people. The NGT has issued notices to 18 states including Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Assam, Gujarat to explain why the firecrackers should not be banned in view of poor air quality. The air quality is not satisfactory in the 18 states where the notice has been issued.
The tribunal has said in its order that all state governments concerned, where air quality is not satisfactory, should consider banning the sale and production of firecrackers like Odisha and Rajasthan. The bench has said that there is no doubt that fireworks are burnt on a large scale during the festive season and the toxic chemical emitted from it is hazardous for public health, especially the elderly and children.