Ghana is being cautioned to curb increasing air pollution in the country.According to experts,there is a sharp deterioration in air quality in some part of the country which could have negative health implications on millions of citizens.
Air pollution is a significant risk factor for a number of health conditions including respiratory infections, cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, lung and other forms of cancers and asthmas.
It is estimated that over 6500 Ghanaians die every year from air pollution, according to a research report by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Already acute respiratory illness caused by air pollution is one of the top 10 causes of outpatient hospital visits in the country.
The condition is likely to increase as the Center for Climate Change and Food Security (CCCFS) is warning over disturbing decline in Air Quality due to uncontrolled anthropogenic activities.
Indiscriminate burning of solid waste materials releasing toxic substances including particulate matter into the atmosphere and operation of rickety vehicles emitting high volumes Carbon are leading causes of deteriorating Air Quality .
“CCCFS has observed and monitored a possible change in the system of air quality and weather forecasting in the coming days.The quality of air from our observations could see a sharp deterioration in air quality in some part of the north & south of the country.
We have observed northern-southern disturbance system which is bringing moisture in these parts of Ghana which is suppressing winds. This may lead to a spike in pollution in the coming weeks”
It added that “therefore urging state officials to set up teams to patrol and impose fines on violators for garbage burning; industrial air pollution; dust mismanagement and visibly polluting vehicles. We shall continue to monitor the situation very closely and see what further steps are required to be taken.
Within the weeks of this pollution, we shall issue three steps to help combat the situation”.
Source:enaghana.com /Annor Obed