Schools to Stay Close for Three Days a week, Smog Increases Hospitalizations


by Naba Batool

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According to the latest reports, the Punjab government has announced that schools will stay closed for three days a week because of the alarming situation of smog in Lahore. The following notification was issued by the provincial government. 

In compliance with the directions of honorable Lahore High Court, Lahore, in writ petition No. 227807/ 2018 vide order dated 02-12-2022, it is notified that owing to prevailing SMOG condition, all Public & Private Schools in District Lahore shall remain closed on every Friday & Saturday, in addition to the weekly holiday on Sunday till further orders.


Health experts say that smog can give rise to serious health complications such as respiratory problems, sore throat, red eyes, and lung problems. The Ministry of National Health Services Regulations has declared that the situation will keep on getting worse in the coming months of December and January because of weather changes.

This alarming situation is also leading to increased hospitalizations in the Ali Hospital, Capital Diagnostic Center, Max Health Hospital in Islamabad and in Family Hospital, Avicenna Hospital, Horizon Hospital, Inmol Hospital, and Baloch Hospital in Lahore.

The OPDs of these hospitals are crowded with cases of people who are complaining about sore throat, chest infections, fever, and pneumonia. The pollutants that are present in Smog are considered to be the main reason behind this increased case of hospitalizations in the country.

The Punjab Ministry has delivered a modern air quality index monitoring mobile to the areas of Rawalpindi so that the air quality of the areas can be monitored. This air pollution index measuring laboratory which is always on the go will monitor the quality of air in the areas of Rawalpindi, Chakwal, Attock, and Jhelum.