Over 800,000 Addis dwellers affected by respiratory illness last year due to air pollution :MoH

Addis Ababa, January 16, 2018 (FBC) –More than 800, 000 people have been affected by respiratory disease in Addis Ababa last year due to air pollution, said the Ministry of Health.

According to the air quality study it conducted last Ethiopian fiscal year, the ministry confirmed that air pollution level in Addis Ababa has exceed the limit set by the World Health Orgnaization (WHO).

Of the total patients who sought health treatment in health institutions, 819,900 or 27.2% of them were patients affected by respiratory illness, the ministry said.

Dagne Taddes, sanitation and environmental care coordinator at MoH, noted tha the number was the highest and has been increasing from year to year due to problems associated with increased level of air pollution.

He said the sample study carried out in different parts of the city indicated that air pollution level in the city has reached at a critical stage.

According to WHO air quality guidelines, particulate matter pollution should not exceed from 20 micrograms per cubic meter.

However, the number exceeded more than 300 micrograms in some parts of the city, he noted.

He said 60 percent of the air pollution in urban areas is caused by vehicle emissions, while solid and liquid wastes contribute the remaining percentage.

Smokes from firewood share 80 percent for air pollution in rural areas. The remaining pollutants come from vehicles’ emission and other sources.

WHO data shows that more than 12 million people die each year due to air pollution.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat