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There May Be More Such Pandemics In The Time To Come: Dr. Arvind Kumar Of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

During the #UniteWithoutBorders Telethon, Dr Arvind Kumar, Chairman, Centre for Chest Surgery and Chest Onco-Surgery and Director, Institute of Robotic Surgery at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi said that COVID-19 has brought the world to a grinding halt. Dr Kumar who is also Founder and Managing Trustee of the Lung Care Foundation, an organisation that raises awareness on air pollution, said that because of the climate change and air pollution issue being so glaring, the world may get hit by more and more such pandemics in times to come.

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