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With every breath we take

  • Published at 06:18 pm October 8th, 2018
Dust pollution reaches an alarming stage in Dhaka and many deaths as well as several million cases of illness occur every year due to the poor air quality Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The government needs to take immediate action to keep harmful emissions in check from industries and vehicles

With winter almost upon us, experts have warned of the increased amounts of dust pollution that the denizens of Dhaka will have to deal with.

As such, it is imperative that the government take necessary steps to ensure that the pollution is kept to a minimum, and that citizens are aware of the damage to their health that dust pollution poses. 

Dhaka’s air quality continues to remain as one of the worst in the world, with it being ranked third worst in a poll last May. And with over 37,000 people having lost their lives to diseases related to air pollution in 2016 alone, prevention remains the most effective step. 

Scientists have also said that the average Bangladeshi’s lifespan is reduced by 1.87 years due to air pollution, with its impact being felt nationwide, with widespread implications for our collective health. 

What contributes to the overall downfall in air quality is the combination of brick kilns, construction of buildings and roads, and vehicles. This is evident from the chaotic, unorganized, and careless nature with which each of these activities are conducted, with a general lack of good governance perpetuating a culture of reckless behaviour.

While experts have suggested that the roads of Dhaka be doused with water every day to reduce dust pollution, this cannot be a permanent solution to the problem. 

The government needs to take immediate action to keep harmful emissions in check from industries and vehicles, and ensure that construction sites follow health and safety protocol which ensures that the material does not leak into the streets. 

All of us are affected by the quality of air around us -- keeping it clean must be made a priority.

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