Pollen count increases to ‘very high’ level

City Reporter

Pakistan Meteorological Department on Wednesday issued an alert for the allergy patients to remain extra careful as the pollen count in twin cities of Federal Capital and Rawalpindi had reached to ‘very high’ level of 44,558.

“It [pollen count] will further increase in the coming days as the months of March and April are considered to be the most peak season of the pollen concentration,” PMD spokesman Dr Khalid Malik told media.

He advised the people suffering from allergy should take all the precautionary measures by keeping in view the high count of pollen to avoid any health related complications.

Replying to a question, the spokesman said the most abundant pollen types in Islamabad were from 08 plant species including Paper Mulberry, Acacia, Eucalyptus, Pines, Grasses, Cannabis, Dandelion and Alternaria.

Out of all these plants, Dr Khali said, Paper Mulberry shared about 97 percent of the total pollen and its concentration touched the extreme limits of around 45,000 per cubic meter of air at the peak of the blossom season.