Doctors ‘Prescribe’ Green Medicine for City
Now, a group of doctors in the city has joined in the call to prevent the campus of the 125-year-old Government Central High School, Attakulangara from being converted into a bus bay and shopping complex. In a letter to be forwarded to the Chief Minister, Health Minister and Forest Minister, the doctors have appealed for the need to preserve open spaces and green lungs in the city, including the school campus, to help check lifestyle diseases of citizens. The petition signed by around 30 public health practitioners, including those of a leading government institution in the city, stated that the “clean and green side of the city had deteriorated over the years” with the increase of population, urban spaces and vehicles.
“We write this to apprise you of the decrease in health of the population in the city. Apart from increase in lifestyle diseases and fatal ailments, we are anguished by the decreasing resistance to common cold, allergies and respiratory diseases,” the doctors’ letter said.
There is a lack of green spaces to absorb pollutants in the city air, which is full of fumes from vehicles and uncontrolled burning of plastic waste, it said.
In their letter, the doctors have requested that green spaces be factored in the development of the city, stating that, “apart from the Museum and Kanakakkunnu we have little areas within the city where people can relax.”
Open spaces like the Ponnara Sreedhar Park and green spaces like the Attakulangara Central High School campus must be protected and improved.
Other suggestions include the involvement of residents’ associations to increase green cover in the city, setting up of decentralised units for segregating and processing waste and stopping indiscriminate burning of plastics.