:: Dr. Kazi Ertaza Hassan ::
Capital Dhaka is becoming vulnerable for living day by day. In the meantime Dhaka has ranked second on a global list of cities with worst air pollution. This news has become the headline of the various newspapers. Polluted elements are very high in the air of Dhaka that cause severe harm for people’s health. PM 2.5 is an air pollutant that becomes a concern for people’s health when its levels are high in the air. This tiny particle reduces visibility and causes the air to appear hazy when its levels are elevated. This is not today’s crisis. We think government has to take time befitting decision to solve the problem soon.
We have no news whether the government has taken any steps to solve the problem is not clear to us. This is very harmful for the children’s of the city. It is said that today’s children is the future tomorrow. If the children of the city is grown up with such environment by the negligence of the government our future generation will be called sick generation. India and Bangladesh experienced the steepest increase in air pollution levels between 1990 and 2015. Bangladesh, India and Pakistan had fine particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) attributable rates five to 10 times the lowest rates found in the US and Japan.
Bangladesh is in most vulnerable condition comparing to other countries. PM 2.5 is the most harmful among the elements in the air. Japans position is good in the list. Long-term exposure to fine particulate matter — the most significant element of air pollution — contributed to 4.2 million premature deaths and to a loss of 103 million healthy years of life in 2015, making air pollution the fifth biggest cause of death among all health risks, including smoking and high blood pressure. More than 1ac 22 thousand and 400 people died in every year due to air pollution. We think government has to take time befitting decision to solve the problem soon.