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Air pollution causing more deaths than HIV, Malaria in Ghana – Public Health Researcher

Air pollution causing more deaths than HIV, Malaria in Ghana – Public Health Researcher

A Public Health Physician and urban Epidemiologist, Dr. Tolullah Oni has said there is the need for the government to show interest in air pollution as it causes more deaths in Ghana than malaria and HIV.

According to her, not only does air pollution result in an annual loss of 5% of Ghana’s GDP but it also causes half of the deaths from pneumonia in children.

Dr. Tolullah who is also the head of the UrbanBetter Cityzens for CleanAir Campaign, which aims among other things to amplify youth advocacy on air pollution, climate and health, told Mx24 News that it is more costly to not care about air pollution as a society.

“A lot of that is about awareness, we’ve been fighting the campaign against HIV for a while and people are aware that this is an important thing but how many people know that air pollution as a cause of deaths in Ghana causes more deaths than HIV, Malaria, or even diarrhea? She quizzed.

“If we care about malaria, why would we not care about air pollution?” she added.

For her, there is the need for governments on the African continent to invest in research and the measuring of air quality as a step to appreciate the devastating impact of a polluted air.

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