Mangaluru, Sep 8,2017: A study in the conducted in the city suggests that 19% of the auto rickshaw drivers in Mangaluru suffer from restrictive lung functioning (RLF) and 3.46% exhibited obstructive lung functioning (OLF).
The Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) conducted by a team of Anti-Pollution Drive (APD) Foundation revealed the impact of air pollution on the health of auto rickshaw drivers in the city. The study report clearly showed that around 1/5th of the auto drivers in the city are adversely affected by air pollution. The foundation will submit the report to the government and seek measures to check pollution and help those in trouble.
After having conducted similar tests on traffic police in Mangaluru and Bengaluru, the foundation has now successfully concluded its second edition of tests on outdoor workers of Mangaluru, with focus on auto drivers of Mangaluru.
"The foundation had also commissioned an air quality assessment study called ’Shudda Gaali’ last year. These initiatives are part of APD’s continuous quest to gather scientific data on the impact of pollution on civil society and explore ways to mitigate it," said Abdullah A Rehman, founder, APD Foundation.
The present study on the impact of air pollution on auto drivers was undertaken in April, he said. "Around 510 drivers were selected from 15 auto stands.
After isolating the smokers, the sample size was reduced to 405. Among these 314 drivers had normal lung functioning. 77 exhibited restrictive lung functioning and 14 showed the symptoms of obstructive lung functioning. This data clearly shows that around 1/5th of the total sample population has been adversely effected by air pollution. It must be remembered here that auto rickshaws are the biggest vehicular air pollutants along with other public transport vehicles. Comprehensive preventive measures are urgently needed in this segment of road users to reduce the further impact of pollution on the citizens," Abdullah said.
The study was assigned to a group of MBA students belonging to IFIM Business School, Bangalore. The medical analysis and technical supervision of sample collection was done by eminent pulmonologist Dr Gregory Mascarenhas of Father Mullers Hospital. The required equipment and technicians were coordinated by Sujith of Lupin Pharmaceuticals.