PFT for Mangaluru Traffic Policemen

Scale of the Issue: Mangaluru is one of the rapidly growing cities of India. The growth is associated with an enormous increase in vehicular traffic emitting exhausts and polluting the atmosphere. Airborne dust plays a major part in the overall atmospheric pollution and Motor vehicle emissions constitute the most significant source of pollution in an urban environment. Road traffic produce volatile organic compounds, suspended particulate matter, oxides of sulphur, oxides of nitrogen, and carbon monoxide which makes adverse health effects on the exposed population. Traffic related air pollution is a day to day health hazard to individuals who commute to work/school/colleges. Several students use the public or the transportation provided by the educational institute exposing them to the hazardous toxins in the air. School children at the tender age are exposed and quickly effected by the air pollution and develop health hazards is their respiratory system due to automobile exhaust. Each year percentage of asthmatic children rise in numbers and mainly due to being exposed to pollution caused in urban areas. Vehicular pollution is the sole pollution contributing elements in large scale within city limits affecting residents, school students and officer goers. Air Pollution and its Impact on Health: As a first step towards gauging the scale of the problem at hand, the intent was to augment the understanding of the science of air pollution and to assess the impact of pollutants on public health.


Many of us experience some kind of air pollution-related symptoms such as watery eyes, coughing, or wheezing. The actual risk depends on the person’s current health status, the pollutant type and concentration, and the length of exposure to the polluted air. Those most vulnerable are - Outdoor workers (Traffic Police, Auto/Bus/Taxi Drivers, Street Vendors, Street Sweepers and Construction workers), children under age 14 (whose lungs are still developing), individuals with heart disease, individuals with lung disease, pregnant women and those engaging in outdoor recreational activities (jogging and walking outdoors). This project aims to assess the impact specifically on the health of the Traffic Police and Traffic Wardens in Mangaluru




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