GURGAON, Aug 14: Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) in collaboration with DLF the residents planted 1,100 saplings in Gurugram to raise awareness on Swach Bharat Swach Abhiyan. The drive was carried out by 250 residents in Aravali Hills to raise awareness on rapidly rising deforestation & rising health issues due to pollution and unhygienic surroundings.
About 1/3rd forest cover of the earth plays an important role in moderating climate by maintaining the balance of oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity in air. It acts as a home to more than 80% of terrestrial species of animals, plants, insects and extinct species. Despite all the benefits in terms of ecology, health and social benefits, global deforestation continues to be at a large scale. This is one of the major reasons for significant rise in health problems in India, according to a FMRI release.
“In my 30 years of career I have seen many people coming to me with health issues, but it is only in the last 5 years that I have seen a rapid growth in patients coming with severe health complications due to the environment. We have seen a rise in the respiratory system, cancers and lung diseases. All these diseases are directly linked to pollution and environment. We have to change our taken for granted attitude and take steps to give something back to the nature,” said FMRI executive director (neurosurgery) Dr. Sandeep Vaishya, who led the daylong event to sensitize the masses on harmful effects of deforestation and encourage them to plant trees.
FMRI “With this tree planting activity, we aim to educate people that environmental action and climate change is in the hands of everyone. It is everybody’s responsibility to make our city a better place. If we all pledge to plant 1 tree every year, our society would be healthier. At Fortis we keep taking initiatives to educate people on healthy sides of such plantation activities. Being a leading healthcare provider, it is our responsibility to take this message to the masses and bring a change in the society,” zonal director Dr. Ritu Garg said.