In a bid to protect the health of young children, schools in Noida and Greater Noida have been ordered to remain closed for physical classes until November 10 due to severe air pollution. The decision was taken after the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) implemented Graded Responses Action Plan Stage-IV, which mandates the closure of schools when the Air Quality Index (AQI) breaches the ‘severe’ category of 400+.
Noida Schools Up To Classes 9 Suspended Till November 10 Due to Severe Air Pollution
The deteriorating air quality in Delhi-NCR has been a cause for concern for several weeks now, with the AQI consistently hovering in the ‘severe’ and ‘hazardous’ categories. This has led to a number of health problems, including respiratory infections, asthma attacks, and heart problems.
Impact of Air Pollution on Children’s Health
Children are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of air pollution due to their developing lungs and immune systems. Exposure to air pollution can lead to a number of health problems in children, including:
- Respiratory infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia
- Asthma attacks
- Reduced lung function
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Cognitive impairment
Measures Taken to Combat Air Pollution
The authorities are taking a number of measures to combat air pollution in Delhi-NCR, including:
- Banning the use of diesel vehicles
- Implementing odd-even car rationing
- Encouraging the use of public transport
- Increasing the number of electric vehicles
- Planting more trees
What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Children from Air Pollution
Parents can take a number of steps to protect their children from air pollution, including:
- Limiting outdoor activities on high-pollution days
- Ensuring that children wear masks when outdoors
- Keeping indoor air clean by using air purifiers and regularly changing air filters
- Talking to their children about air pollution and the importance of protecting themselves
The closure of schools in Noida and Greater Noida is a necessary step to protect the health of children. However, it is important to note that this is just a temporary measure. The long-term solution to air pollution lies in reducing emissions from vehicles, industries, and power plants.