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Marble factories causing Lung related ailments among citizens

CITIZENS residing near industry areas or marble factories were concerned over the hazardous and high-risk working environment at the factory that is allegedly putting their lives at risk on a daily basis, a health Physician warned on Sunday.
Talking to media Dr Qaiser Sajjad said, the steel and marble industry was a big source of pollution as it uses low-quality scrap as raw materials and release harmful particles into the air. The workers and residents inhaling dust particles of the marbles, which exposes them to Tuberculosis and Silicosis, the lung diseases caused by a dust particle called crystalline silica, he explained.
He said marble dust contains particles of calcium carbonate and silica. The exposure to the latter causes silicosis a lung disease also known as grinder’s asthma. “Possible symptoms of this disease are intense coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, fever, night sweats and respiratory failure,” Dr says and added that people suffering from silicosis were at an increased risk of contracting tuberculosis.
He said crystalline silica was a common mineral found in the earth crust and could cause silicosis, which in severe cases could be disabling, or even fatal. The respirator silica dust enters the lungs and causes the formation of scar tissue, thus reducing the lungs’ ability to take in oxygen, he added. These factories dump waste in natural streams and empty plots near by and none of these factories follow environmental laws to protect citizens, he highlighted.
The atmosphere of industrial areas was worsening day by day, and making it very difficult for visitors to breathe due to increasing pollution, he lamented the issue. He said that daily 10 to 15 asbestosis patients visited our clinics in Karachi, “More than eight to 10 patients visit my clinic due to upper respiratory problems during three to five years because of dust pollution,” Dr Qaiser added.
In most cases, these units are run without any license or permission. Owners of such units not only violate all the relevant rules and regulations but also create environmental problems, he noted.