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No breath of fresh air

  • Published at 12:02 am May 16th, 2019
Air Pollution
Dhaka had a score of 245 at 8:25am on Thursday, indicating that the quality was unhealthy Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Air pollution contributes to a plethora of diseases, including lung cancer

There is no doubt that Dhaka city’s air quality is harmful for its population, with the World Health Organization ranking it one of the most polluted cities in the world in 2019.

For too long, the problem has been ignored, but now, it is good to see the High Court expressing dissatisfaction over the matter and ordering the city corporations to present their reports on air pollution on June 26.

Taking a hard stance against air pollution now is the only way to combat a problem that seems to have gone out of hand a long time ago.

It is not an uncommon sight, in the streets of Dhaka, to see people wearing anti-pollution masks; and while this is a prudent measure on part of the people, it speaks to just how bad the problem has become.

Air pollution contributes to a plethora of diseases, including lung cancer, lower respiratory tract infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ischemic heart disease, as well as strokes. 

While citizens spend untold amounts of money on health care, little is being done to fight the evil that is causing so many health problems in our population in the first place.

It is high time that the governmental policies, and actions of local government, are reflective of just how serious a problem we have on our hands, and it is encouraging that the High Court is demanding answers.

There should be no room to flout the court’s orders, which include covering all construction and renovation sites, and spraying water on dust-prone areas.

These measures will not necessarily get to the heart of the problem, which involve brick kilns, factories, vehicular emissions, and many other factors, but they are a good place to start.