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The Role of Environment in Public Health: World Environment Day's Significance

The environment has a significant impact on public health, and it is critical to recognise their interdependence. We recognise the importance of conserving our planet for the well-being of all as we observe World Environment Day. At Sanar International Hospitals we understand the significance of a sustainable and environmentally responsible approach. Here in this blog, we will look at how the environment affects public health and highlight the measures that Sanar International Hospitals has been taking for environmental sustainability.

The Interaction between Environment and Public Health 
The environment and public health have a complicated relationship. Our surroundings, which include the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the ecosystems we occupy all have a substantial impact on our health. Understanding the relationship between the environment and public health is critical for dealing with and mitigating the dangers and problems we face.

  • Air pollution is an excellent illustration of how the environment has a direct impact on public health. Polluted air can cause respiratory disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, and even lung cancer because it is loaded with hazardous particulate matter and toxic gases. Prolonged air pollution exposure can also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, damage lung function, and harm children's development. We can greatly enhance public health outcomes by lowering air pollution and improving air quality.
  • Another serious health issue caused by environmental reasons is water contamination. Contaminated Water sources can harbour pathogens that cause disease, such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites, resulting in waterborne illnesses such as diarrhoea, cholera, and typhoid. It is critical to have access to clean and safe drinking water in order to prevent waterborne infections and promote general health and well-being.
  • Human-caused climate change is affecting our environment and has far-reaching implications for public health. Rising temperatures exacerbate heat-related illnesses, particularly among vulnerable groups. Hurricanes, floods, and wildfires can all result in injury, displacement, and mental health issues. Climate change also has an impact on food security since shifting weather patterns impair agricultural output and availability, resulting in malnutrition and other health consequences.
  • The spread of vector-borne diseases is aided by deforestation and habitat degradation. Vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks become more prevalent as ecosystems are altered raising the danger of diseases including malaria, dengue fever, and Lyme disease. The preservation of biodiversity and the preservation of healthy ecosystems are critical for preventing the emergence and spread of such illnesses.
  • Recognising the complicated relationship between the environment and public health, Sanar International Hospitals lays  major emphasis on sustainable practises to reduce environmental impact while promoting public health. We can develop healthier and more resilient communities by tackling environmental concerns, protecting the well-being of present and future generations.

Initiatives by Sanar International Hospitals

  • We have installed an innovative Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), which successfully treats wastewater from the hospital. This technique ensures that the water released into the environment is pure and devoid of dangerous pollutants, hence lowering the risk of contamination.
  • We have an Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) in addition to the STP. This plant cleanses and filters effluents before release to ensure minimal environmental impact. The ETP protects both public health and the environment by avoiding the emission of dangerous substances.
  • We have planned our facilities with sun-facing rooms to maximise natural illumination and reduce electricity consumption. The hospital reduces electricity consumption by utilising natural light instead of artificial lights. This not only saves money, but  also lessens the hospital's carbon footprint.
  • The hospital's facilities are painted with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints. When compared to regular paints, these paints emit fewer hazardous gases resulting in improved indoor air quality and a healthier environment for patients, staff, and visitors.
  • Pressurised Natural Gas (PNG) is used by the hospital for their hot water generators. PNG is a more environmental friendly alternative to traditional fuels, producing fewer pollutants and lowering the hospital's carbon footprint. This programme contributes to the hospital's dedication to sustainability and public health.

It is critical to reflect on the importance of the environment in public health on World Environment Day. Sanar International Hospitals understands the importance of interdependence and has taken significant steps towards environmental sustainability. The hospital actively participates in environmental measures such as the Sewage Treatment Plant, Effluent Treatment Plant, sun-facing rooms, low VOC paints, and PNG utilisation for hot water generation, contributing to a healthier environment and, as a result, benefitting public health.

Sanar International Hospitals prioritises eco-friendly practises, which not only decreases its environmental effect but also produces a better and safer environment for patients, staff, and the community. Our dedication to sustainability acts as a model for other healthcare organisations, pushing them to implement similar projects and promote a greener future.

Let us work together to protect our planet for future generations, so that we can live in a healthier and more affluent society.

Dr. Sanjay Durani, Medical Superintendent

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