|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 150
India's response to air pollution from cooking fuel
Manas Pratim Roy
NCD Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi, India
|Date of Submission||10-Mar-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||14-Mar-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||15-Jul-2020|
Dr. Manas Pratim Roy
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi - 110 108
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Roy MP. India's response to air pollution from cooking fuel. APIK J Int Med 2020;8:150
A recent article casts light not only on the use of biomass fuel but also the provision of ventilation, a relevant but less recognized field for noncommunicable disease (NCD) prevention in developing countries. Previous data indicated that 99% deaths due to household air pollution were from developing countries. With biomass being used for a common rural household in Southeast Asia for cooking, it affects air pollution to a larger extent. A shift in the cooking practices could reduce exposure to PM2.5 and subsequent mortality, as suggested by the literature.
Similar to China, India is also thought to suffer from the practice of using biomass fuel for cooking in the rural area. Earlier research from India highlighted a higher concentration of PM2.5 in kitchen, in comparison to the bedroom, due to the use of biomass fuel.
As only 44% of households in the country are using clean fuel, under the Ujjwala scheme, the Government of India is promoting the use of liquid petroleum gas to mitigate the extent of indoor air pollution, especially in villages where many households depend on biomass fuel. While certain states such as Bihar, Jharkhand, and Odisha are yet to reach the majority of the population with clean fuel, it remains as a future task for reducing mortality from NCDs.
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