Delhi pollution fears drive Barrack Obama team to deploy 1,800 top-of-the-class air purifiers

By: | Updated: February 2, 2015 4:48 PM

Prior to recent visit of US President Barrack Obama, the American embassy in Delhi purchased over 1,800 indoor air purifiers to protect its employees...

Prior to the recent visit of US President Barrack Obama, the American embassy in Delhi purchased over 1,800 high-performance portable Blueair indoor air purifiers to protect employees at the embassy and other locations.

In the national capital, the US Embassy, which monitors air quality around the embassy buildings and issues daily updates, became so concerned about the high levels of air pollution that it ordered  a large number of indoor air purifiers from Blueair and handed these over to its staff.

Commenting on the decision by the US Embassy to buy such a large number of Blueair indoor air purifiers, the company’s founder and CEO Bengt Rittri, said: “The order confirms Blueair’s position as the ‘air purifier of choice’ when it comes to protecting U.S. government employees and their families from health and wellbeing threats posed by polluted indoor air”.

On Tuesday this week, the American embassy’s monitoring station recorded an Air Quality Index reading of 222, a level the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes as ‘very unhealthy’. The EPA says such air pollution levels can cause “significant aggravation of heart or lung disease and… a significant increase in respiratory effects in the general population.”

A vast array of international institutions, government agencies and corporations already use Blueair air purifiers, which are equipped with a Smokestop filter as “the best at cleaning air as quickly as possible” after an exhaustive, independent test of top air purifiers models.

“Blueair air purifier’s may also help protect users against virus’s such as H1N1 (Swine Flu) because they are designed to trap polluting airborne particles such as PM2.5 dust, viruses, bacteria, asthma triggers and other contaminants such as VOC’s,” says Vijay Kannan, head of Blueair India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sweden’s Blueair AB.

He noted that Sweden’s Institute for Infectious Disease Control (SIIDC) has used Blueair air purifiers for many years to protect their staff from harmful airborne particles.

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