A recent study conducted in Accra sounded the alarm on the grave consequences of air pollution, revealing a staggering annual toll of 2000 lives claimed by the toxic fumes that permeate the city's atmosphere.
The urgency to address this critical issue prompted KYZZ FM to engage Mr. Karim Hudu, an Environmental Health officer at the SekondI-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA), on their morning show.
Mr. Hudu acknowledged the grim reality reflected in the study's findings, attributing the alarming statistics to the pervasive emission of harmful gases from vehicles.
He highlighted the detrimental effects of these emissions, stemming from diesel, petrol, and other oil-based products, which slowly but steadily affect human health when released into the atmosphere through vehicle exhausts.
Drawing parallels to the SekondI-Takoradi Metropolis, Mr. Hudu underscored the prevalence of Respiratory Tract Diseases among the top 10 diseases in the twin city.
While acknowledging the severity in Accra, he tempered concerns by noting that SekondI-Takoradi might not face an equally critical situation due to fewer vehicles compared to the capital city.
However, he cautioned against complacency, emphasizing the need for proactive measures.
Mr. Hudu highlighted the innovative strides made in some advanced countries with the introduction of Electric Vehicles as a means to mitigate air pollution.
Yet, in the local context, he stressed the necessity for machinery and equipment capable of measuring and regulating pollutant levels, especially within industrial companies.
Concluding on a proactive note, Mr. Hudu shared promising developments.
He revealed an ongoing collaboration between the assembly and an EU project, in tandem with a foreign investor, to equip SekondI-Takoradi with essential monitoring equipment.
This initiative aims to aid in curbing air pollution by enabling the measurement and regulation of emissions, particularly from industrial sources.
The collaborative efforts underway signal a pivotal step toward mitigating air pollution in SekondI-Takoradi.
It echoes the commitment of both local and international entities to prioritize public health and environmental sustainability.
As the twin city prepares to embrace these measures, the prospect of cleaner air and improved well-being looms on the horizon, fostering hope for a healthier future for its residents.