The Maharashtra government has decided to form a committee comprising medical experts to conduct a survey of all school going students across the state to get a count of those suffering from lung-related illnesses.
Dr Deepak Sawant, State Health Minister, said, "The government will form a committee of medical experts that include specialists, who will conduct a survey of all school going children to identify those suffering from lung related ailments like asthma, so that it can be controlled at an early stage."
Speaking during the Question Hour, Dr Sawant said that Mumbai is the second most polluted city in the country followed by Bangalore and Kolkata at third and fourth places. According to a recent survey conducted by a private firm, 27 percent students in Mumbai suffer from lung-related illnesses.
"The government will make its own efforts to control the illness and will also inform their parents about child's illness to take further measures," said minister.
Congress MLC Anant Gadgil said that school going children suffer from lung-related illnesses due to increasing construction activities, air pollution, climatic changes and lack of proper ventilation facilities.