Health Care

Toxic air killed over 1 lakh children in India in 2016

Toxic air killed over 1 lakh children in India in 2016”

The report is being launched on the eve of WHO's first ever Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health.

The report also found that 98 percent of all children under five in low and middle income countries are exposed to levels of fine particulate matter, or PM2.5, above World Health Organization air quality guidelines.

According to the report, when pregnant women are exposed to polluted air, they are more likely to give birth prematurely and have small, low birth-weight children.

Over 90 per cent of the world's population suffers from toxic air and research is increasingly revealing the profound impacts it has on the health of people, especially children.

"WHO is supporting implementation of health-wise policy measures like accelerating the switch to clean cooking and heating fuels and technologies, promoting the use of cleaner transport, energy-efficient housing and urban planning".

The report, titled "Air pollution and Child Health: Prescribing Clean Air", estimates that about six lakh children below the age of 15 died due to toxic outdoor and indoor air pollution across the world in 2016.

Delhi's air continued to remain in the "very poor" category with an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of 348 on Monday.

The European Environment Agency on Monday issued its 2018 report on air quality and said emissions from road traffic, agriculture, energy production, industry and households are churning out pollutants like particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ground-level ozone. These regions have six times higher air pollution than recommended permissible levels she said.

The authors say that children are at greater risk than adults from the many adverse health effects of air pollution because their lungs, organs and brains are still maturing.

Dr. Maria Neira is the WHO's Director for public health and environment.

The air pollution related mortality and disease burden India faces is also the highest in the world.

The PM2.5 has reached unsafe levels in New Delhi in the last two weeks.

'Air pollution is an invisible killer and we need to step up our efforts to address the causes, ' said the agency's head, Hans Bruyninckx.

Air pollution accounts for one in 10 deaths of children under the age of five, the report said.

A WHO assessment released earlier this year found that 14 out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India.

The findings come just weeks after an EU watchdog said most member states fail to meet the bloc's air quality targets, warning that the toll on health in eastern European countries was even worse than in China and India.

In 2015, concentrations of PM2.5 were slightly lower than the previous year, while the levels of NO2 and O3 were higher.

This includes using clean cooking and heating fuels and technologies.

It called for acute response policies, measures and actions globally.

Like this



30 October 2018
Putin arrives in Turkey to talk Syria with Erdogan, Macron and Merkel
Boost humanitarian aid - The leaders agreed to provide "swift, safe and unhindered" flow of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people. They include divided opinions about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is backed by Russian Federation and Iran.

30 October 2018
Prince Harry Reveals His Adorable Nickname for the Royal Baby
The event, at Government House, also saw members of the New Zealand Defence Force perform a haka for the couple. Harry and Meghan were also welcomed by Maori elders with a traditional Hongi greeting ceremony.

30 October 2018
Merkel will step down as chancellor in 2021
The results of the October elections in Bavaria and Hesse will be seen as a bellwether for the entire nation. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said on Sunday it would be "a mistake" for Merkel to cling to power.

30 October 2018
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 27th
Having unused and expired medicine in your home increases the risk of prescription drug abuse and accidental poisoning. Prescription and over the counter tables, capsules, liquids, injectables, and needles will be accepted.

29 October 2018
Pittsburgh shooting: 11 killed, Trump calls for death penalty; top updates
"There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news", Trump continued. On Twitter on Sunday, he savaged billionaire businessman Tom Steyer, another target of the mail bombs.

29 October 2018
Bowser heightens police presence at DC synagogues after Pittsburgh shooting
A gunman opened fire inside a busy synagogue during a service Saturday in Pittsburgh , killing 11 people and injuring six others. Police said a suspect was in custody after a shooting caused "multiple casualties" at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.

29 October 2018
Wilfred Ndidi's blow for West Ham
He is playing well and was at his best in this game, so it is hard . "I haven't seen it so I don't give my opinion". He will have an exam and we will see after. "It was a tough game".

29 October 2018
Late fumble ends Packers chances in 29-27 loss to Rams
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones bursts through the hole on a 33-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of Sunday's matchup. The Packers were left with a hollow feeling as they exited the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the wake of a 29-27 defeat.

29 October 2018
Tottenham Hotspur man gives his opinion on side's European prospects
Tottenham were clearly the stronger side and probably deserved a better result than a 2-2 draw with the Dutch Eredivisie leaders. Asked whether he felt the dismissal was fair, Pochettino replied: "In my opinion I think no, but we can not blame the referee".

29 October 2018
Tropical Trump Bolsonaro elected Brazil president
As late as Sunday morning, Haddad was still holding out hope that he could win after several key endorsements late Saturday. Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers' Party voted in Sao Paulo and said he was "confident we can win".