Exposure to toxic air indoors and outdoors kills approximately 600,000 children under 15 years each year, warned the World Health…
Exposure to toxic air indoors and outdoors kills approximately 600,000 children under 15 years each year, warned the World Health Organization on Monday.
Data from the United Nations Health Body show that 93 percent of children under 15 years – a full 1.8 billion youth, including 630 million under five years of age – breathe dangerous contaminated air.
This has tragic consequences: In 2016, approximately 600,000 children killed acute lower respiratory tract infections caused by contaminated air, WHO report was found.
“Contaminated air poisons millions of children and destroys their lives,” WHO’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.
“This is unexplained. Every child should be able to breathe clean the air so that they can grow and fulfill their full potential.”
According to WHO data, more than nine out of 10 people on the planet increase dangerously toxic air and cause about 7 million premature deaths each year.
Air pollution is especially dangerous for children and accounts for almost one in 10 deaths among children under five worldwide, the report found.
WHO study, which examined the health charge on children who breathe health hazardous levels of both air and air pollution outdoors and households, focused on hazardous particulate material with a diameter of less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5).
These include toxins like sulphate and black carbon, which constitute the main health hazards as they can penetrate deep into the lungs or cardiovascular system.
The report found that children in poorer countries are far more vulnerable, with full 98 percent of all children under five in low and middle income countries exposed to PM2.5 levels of WHO guidelines for air quality.
It compares with 52 percent in high income countrie, WHO said.
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Together, household air pollution from cooking and air pollution causes more than half of all cases of acute lower respiratory infections in young children in low and middle income countries, WHO said.
The report, launched before the WHO First World Conference on Air Pollution and Health, revealed that when pregnant women are exposed to contaminated air, they are more likely to be born prematurely and have small children with low birthsweights.
It turned out that children are often more vulnerable to air pollution, as they breathe faster than adults, thus absorbing more pollutants at a time when their brains and bodies are still developing.
They also live closer to the Earth, where a number of pollutants reach peak concentrations, WHO said that newborns and young children are also more susceptible to household contamination at home, using polluting fuels for cooking, heating and lighting.
Air pollution can affect the child’s development and cognitive ability and may trigger asthma and childhood crayfish, WHO said. 9659018] Children who have been exposed to high air pollution may also be at greater risk for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease later in life.
“Air pollution polls our children’s brains and affects their health in many ways than we suspected,” warned Maria Neira, director of the WHO Department for Public Health and the Environment.
The United Nations Health Body requires a shift in the transition to pure cooking and fuel for heating and to promote cleaner transport, lower emissions and better waste management, among other measures.
“The world must reduce the exaggeration we have on fossil fuels, and accelerate to pure renewable energy,” Neira said to journalists in a conference call. 19659022] Heavy smog in New Delhi. The level spikes in winter when air quality often narrows the World Health Organization’s safe levels