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KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Over the past year, the number of patients treated each day in the hospital unit where cardiologist Ade Imasanti Sapardan works in Indonesia’s capital has almost doubled to about 100. Sapardan, who sees up to 150 people every week, cites worsening air pollution as a major reason for the rise in patients seeking treatment in the mega-city of Jakarta, home to 10 million people. “People in Jakarta have bad pollution every day ... everybody is not really breathing safe air,” Sapardan told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Half her patients suffer from symptoms linked to air pollution - like chest pains, coughing and breathlessness. Nine out of 10 peop... Full story

20 March