Air pollution responsible for 7m premature death worldwide

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Around the world, more than seven million premature deaths are attributed to air pollution.

However, about 600,000 children are at risk of the adverse effect of air pollution; according to a statement signed by Medinat Abdulahi, Communication Officer, Media Advocacy and Technologies Center (MATEC).

To commemorate the world environment day 2019 with the theme- ‘beat the air pollution’ which was meant to create awareness on harmful activities that affect the earth, MATEC has stressed the need for everyone to beware of air pollution. Adding that, all hands must be on deck to do everything possible to reduce the adverse effect of air pollution on our health and environment.

The group said: “No doubt, polluted air is creating more emergency. Cases like asthma, respiratory infections, and heart disease are on increase.

“Around the world, more than 7 million premature deaths are attributed to air pollution.

“Similarly, about 600,000 children are at risk of the adverse effect of air pollution.

“There is also the high link between poverty and pollution, according to the World Health Organisation.

“However, MATEC wants to affirm that the right to clean air is embedded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and fully enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals.

“We want to implore government at all levels to come up with environmental protection guidelines that will regulate activities like Bush burning, firewood, and charcoal productions, and make tree planting compulsory in commercial, learning and residential areas.”

However, experts say healthy people can experience health impacts from polluted air including respiratory irritation or breathing difficulties during exercise or outdoor activities.

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