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Is the U.S. healthcare sector hampering the environment?

This global pandemic has made us believe that doctors are the actual life-saving gods. Their unmatchable determination and unparalleled dedication in this scenario are above all the levels. The coronavirus worst hit the United States as the number of the death toll is ascending up and up. The U.S, the biggest spender in the healthcare sector, is just speechless against this virus. These statistics are enough to proclaim that this virus is beyond the permissible control of humans. On one side, we all are appreciating the efforts of our doctors in this extraordinary situation, but the other side of the healthcare sector stands ignored.
How will you react if you get to know that the savers of our life are killing us the other way? This question may seem quite absurd, but it is the ultimate truth. The astonishing facts, as published by a new paper co-authored by Matthew J. Eckelman, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University, claim that if the U.S. healthcare were a separate country, it would rank 13th in the world for greenhouse gas emissions. The records of the past ten years also suggest that greenhouse emissions have increased by 30% and have directly impacted the lives of half a million people.
The above statistics are directing us towards an alarming situation as the deaths caused due to medical errors are not even close to 20% of the people affected by their emissions. There is absolutely no doubt that hospitals aren’t intending to harm us, but their methods aren’t sustainable to the mark where they can be held permissible. If all the hospitals adopt a more sustainable model for each and every resource they use, it won’t be less than a blessing as it would make them the saviour of both lives and the environment simultaneously.
Harminder Singh