Bad air quality claims 135,000 lives in Lahore every single year
It is also said that the life expectancy rate of people living in Lahore has started facing a reduction by 4-5 years.
A demonstration was held by the Young Doctors Association, physicians, and environmental activists in Lahore this Thursday outside Jinnah Hospital in regard to the increasing smog issue in Punjab capital.
As the air quality index hits 447, all these people demand the Punjab government take crucial steps in order to control air pollution in the provincial capital. An online petition is also making the rounds on social media where certain younger doctors and physicians’ requests were made.
The demonstration was led by Dr. Zulfikar Mir. He quoted a survey by The Lancet that states an alarming rate of annual deaths (around 135,000) in Lahore only because of air pollution.
It is also said that the life expectancy rate of people living in Lahore has started facing a reduction by 4-5 years or even more, according to research by (AQLI) Air Quality Life Index.
Dr. Mir also added that most of the medical practitioners do not realize the severity of the matter; therefore, they haven’t voiced their concerns until now. Although this subject should be addressed in a proper campaign just like the dengue issue was raised earlier this summer.
Studies are essential:
As mentioned by Dr. Mir, epidemiological studies are essential to calculate the current burden of smog and bad air quality.
According to Aysha Raja, who is an environmental activist, the fuel being sold across the city is substandard; hence, it contributes a lot to the air quality of the city. She further added that the world standard had been set as per Euro VI vehicle emission standards; however, the Punjab Clean Air Action Plan made a standard of their own, which was Euro 4. But sadly, people failed to follow that as well.
According to young citizens from the Huqooq-i-Khalq movement, a solidarity march would be arranged in the last week of November, where air pollution and climate change would be addressed. They believe the government has been indifferent to this matter.
Apart from that, parents also gathered and complained about the impacts of increasing smog.
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