Suffocating Smog in Lahore: 12,000 Residents Rushed to Hospitals for Treatment


In the wake of a relentless smog onslaught in Lahore, an overwhelming 12,000 individuals have urgently sought medical attention over the past month due to the dangerous effects of toxic air pollution.

Despite a recent session of rain providing temporary relief, Lahore finds itself grappling once again with the enduring issue of severe smog.


The Punjab Health Department (PHD) has revealed that major hospitals in the provincial metropolis are overcome with patients bearing the brunt of the smog’s adverse health effects.

Specific figures indicate that General Hospital admitted over 3,347 patients, Jinnah Hospital received 2,487 cases, Mayo Hospital attended to 2,876 individuals, Services Hospital recorded 5,187 admissions, and Sir Gangaram Hospital saw 1,859 emergency cases.

Professor Ashraf Zia of Jinnah Hospital emphasized the persistence of health complaints, including dry cough, sore throat, itchy eyes, and breathing difficulties, all directly linked to the ongoing smog crisis. Despite a recent decline in patients reporting nose, ear, throat, and lung issues, the overall impact remains a cause for concern.

In response to the escalating crisis, the Punjab government took measures to address the smog situation by imposing a smart lockdown. However, heavy rainfall in parts of Punjab led to an improvement in air quality, prompting the government to lift the lockdown.


The lockdown, in effect from Thursday to Sunday, impacted several cities, including Lahore, Nankana Sahib, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Gujranwala, Narowal, and Hafizabad. It affected educational institutions, offices, shopping malls, restaurants, cinemas, and gyms.

Despite these attempts to mitigate the impact, Lahore continues to grapple with elevated levels of air pollution, maintaining its unfortunate status as one of the most polluted cities.

The situation emphasizes the urgent need for comprehensive and sustained efforts to address the root causes of smog and improve air quality, ensuring the well-being of Lahore’s residents in the face of this persistent environmental challenge.

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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