Health Minister takes notice of air pollution in Islamabad

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Health Minister takes notice of air pollution in Islamabad

April 14, 2019

Islamabad, April 14, 2019 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for National Health Services Aamer Mehmood Kiani takes notice of air pollution in Islamabad has requested to advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change to carry out assessment of the quality of air in Islamabad so that necessary measures are taken to protect the health of residents of Islamabad Minister said that Global climate change and deteriorating of quality of urban air are major issues affecting the human health. The health effects caused by air pollution may include difficulty in breathing, wheezing, coughing, asthma and aggravation of existing respiratory and cardiac conditions. The human health effects of poor air quality are far reaching, but principally affect the body’s respiratory system and the cardiovascular system.

The declining quality of air is the biggest environmental issue in Islamabad. Accumulating evidence indicates that air pollutants contribute to serious, even fatal, damage to the cardiovascular system – and air pollution is a factor that you can’t control just through healthy lifestyle. The human health effects of poor air quality are far reaching, but principally affect the body’s respiratory system and the cardiovascular system. The declining quality of air is the biggest environmental issue in Islamabad. Particulate matter in smoke causes respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in the country. Urban air pollution in terms of particulate matter is estimated to cause around 22,000 premature deaths among adults and 700 deaths among young children annually. Indoor air pollution causes the deaths of more than 30,000 children per year.

To address the grave situation, a rapid assessment of Particulate Matter 10 and 2.5 may be measured in different locations in high industrial zones of I-9 and I-10 Islamabad. The particulate matter in industries will be measured through Haz-dust EPAM (Environmental Particulate Air Monitor-5000), available with Environmental Protection Agency, Ministry of Climate Change, Islamabad. EPAM-5000 is portable instrument best for measuring the indoor environmental and ambient air monitoring. We don’t have any available funding to cover the expenses for to higher the staff and this instrument from EPA.

However, your kind support for this assessment project is required to help us in measurement of this PM level in different areas of Islamabad. Minister said It is my personal interest, and I want to inform the Prime Minister Imran Khan about the health effects of the industrial pollution in Islamabad so that highest possible level of political commitment is achieved to deal with this issue in Islamabad first and across the country, later on You are requested to direct the EPA to extend their full support to the investigators the Health Services Academy, Islamabad.

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