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Growing air pollution alarming for health

The air of Dhaka city showed signs of slight improvement on Sunday morning but it was still classified as 'unhealthy' in the Air Quality Index. According to a report of this newspaper yesterday, Dhaka had an AQI score of 136 at 8:35 am. It ranked 15th worst in the list with a score of 132. The pollution level in the capital has reached an extreme point mainly owing to reckless discharge of dust from construction works, smoke from vehicles and brick kilns.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 4.2 million deaths each year are linked to ground-level air pollution, mostly from heart disease, lung cancer, stroke and acute respiratory infections in children. The reality is that air pollution level in Dhaka is taking an alarming turn with the passing of each day. Severe air pollution is affecting around 90 per cent of city dwellers. Air pollution tends to increase dangerously in the dry season as brick fields run their operation in full swing and the civic groups and utility service providers are engaged in repair works. There is no scope to ignore the diseases caused by air pollution every year. Perennial construction work and faulty garbage disposal system are the prime reasons behind air pollution in the metropolis.

Physicians sound repeated warnings to take measures to improve quality of air of the cities and towns to avert health-related hazards stemming from air pollution, but shockingly, nothing tangible has been done to address this formidable problem. Exposure to fine particles in polluted air that penetrate deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system lead to stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and respiratory infections, including pneumonia.

 Engines of vehicles are spewing micro-pollutants through the exhaust smoke. It is heartening that traditional brick kilns that are causing 58 per cent air pollution in the capital will be shut down and initiative will be taken to produce eco-friendly bricks. It is the responsibility of the relevant authorities to take up a comprehensive action plan to reduce air pollution in cities, particularly in the capital, in the interest of safeguarding public health. The situation warrants effective coordination among various ministries and departments

 

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