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Air Pollution Kills More People than War

Kabul’s Air Pollution Kills More People Than War

KABUL – Afghan capital city is one of the most polluted cities in the world, where air pollution kills more people than war, Al Jazeera’s Mohamad ElBardicy report revealed on Thursday.
According to US Health Effects Institute, air pollution was attributed to more than 51,000 deaths in Afghanistan in 2016.
Since then, the situation has worsened in the country; particularly, in Kabul, which has influenced more number of people than war.
According to Dr Mohammad Akbar Iqbal in Kabul’s children hospital, the bad air has a huge impact especially on young people.
“As children do not have a strong enough immune system to battle the toxics, once they get chest infections their situation becomes very serious, which can take the life of a child very quickly,” Akbar Iqbal said.
Ezzatullah Sadiqi, Deputy Director of Technical Affairs says that Kabul has the capacity of only half a million vehicles but now there are more than 800,000 vehicles movement in 24 hours in Kabul city.
The Afghan Govt is trying to handle the ongoing problem, but to a limited extent. The Environmental Protection Agency has installed devices around the city to monitor the number of toxic particles in the air; however, with no measures to control them such technology is not complete.
The government says if air quality level reach dangerous level, there are several measures that can be implemented to control the Air pollution.
“We can prevent the activities of the factories or we will we will shut down the movement of the public transportation and some other measures we can take,” Ezzatullah Sadiqi said.
The doctors in Kabul children hospital warn their patients, especially the young to stay indoors and avoid going in the smoke.
(Sahar News)

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