Proceedings of the First International Conference on Science, Engineering and Technology Practices for Sustainable Development, ICSETPSD 2023, 17th-18th November 2023, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India

Research Article

Awareness and perception of air pollution among people in a tertiary care hospital, Coimbatore, India

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.17-11-2023.2342867,
        author={Krishnapriya  Krishnapriya and Sandhiya  V and Sudha  Ramalingam and Poornima  Prabhakaran and Sunila  Dixit and Masroor  Azam},
        title={Awareness and perception of air pollution among people in a tertiary care hospital, Coimbatore, India},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the First International Conference on Science, Engineering and Technology Practices for Sustainable Development, ICSETPSD 2023, 17th-18th November 2023, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICSETPSD},
        year={2024},
        month={1},
        keywords={air pollution awareness perception aqi health effects},
        doi={10.4108/eai.17-11-2023.2342867}
    }
    
  • Krishnapriya Krishnapriya
    Sandhiya V
    Sudha Ramalingam
    Poornima Prabhakaran
    Sunila Dixit
    Masroor Azam
    Year: 2024
    Awareness and perception of air pollution among people in a tertiary care hospital, Coimbatore, India
    ICSETPSD
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.17-11-2023.2342867
Krishnapriya Krishnapriya1,*, Sandhiya V2, Sudha Ramalingam2, Poornima Prabhakaran3, Sunila Dixit3, Masroor Azam3
  • 1: PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research
  • 2: Department of Community Medicine, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research
  • 3: Centre for Chronic Disease Control, Public Health Foundation of India authors
*Contact email: krishnapriyapsgimsr19@gmail.com

Abstract

Air pollution is a public health problem in India with many exposed to high levels of particulate matter causing various health hazards. Awareness against this is the cornerstone for any intervention. Our main objective is to evaluate the knowledge and perception on air pollution amongst people in a Coimbatore tertiary care hospital.This study was done among 154 hospital staff and patients (semi-structured questionnaires) and the findings were: Most respondents were under 35 , female and urban. 28.6% rated air quality as hazardous due to private vehicles and industrial processes. Many were aware of pollution’s health effects but only few were aware of AQI and particulate matter. The study suggests government action to improve the air quality by creating awareness about air pollution and implementing strategies to reduce the same by encouraging community participation.