Deputy minister for environment, science Technology and innovation Hon. Patricia Appiagyei has called on Ghanaians to unite as a country and galvanise effort to the halt the rapid environmental problems confronting the nation.
Air pollution in Ghana cannot be deferred as an agenda for tomorrow; Tightening pollution control already existing environmental laws which would improve the air quality and save thousands of live every day. To her, there is the need to take the necessary steps that will make world a better place for the urban generations.
Speaking at the years world environmental day (WED), the sokwa legislature said Ghana should take concrete steps towards making the planet greener and cleaner and putting on top of the agenda to eradicate poverty.
Plant trees , clean up your local gutter, avoid emission, do not burn in the open and hold cooperation responsibility for their environmental practices.
The world environmental Day which is set aside by the united Nation is to create awareness for and as reminder to humankind, that we are the custodian of the earth, and that we have an important obligation to take action for the protection of our environment.
She is of the view that, due to poor waste management practices the capital city, as well as many others, is littered with trash especially plastic burning trash in the open, sending toxic fumes into nearby homes.
She added that many Ghanaians still rely on solid fuels such as charcoals and wood for cooking in the open place fires and leaky stove both indoors and on the street by food vendors of which these are known to cause heart disease, pneumonia, stroke, lungs cancer, and other cardiorespiratory diseases.
On his part, acting Executive Director of the environmental Protection Agency, MR John A Pawmang has stated that, nation stand at risk from the menace of air pollution, which comes from various source discharging a range of substance including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, oxides of nitrogen and Sulphur, ground –level ozone particulate matter, hydrocarbon and lead all of which are harmful to the human health.
He lamented that, the world health organization in 2012, pointed that the premature death in Africa is as a result of indoor or outdoor air pollution which significant environment contributor, outpacing that of malaria and HIV
Over 45.000 African children under the age of 5 die annually due to air pollution , which is one of the highest regional child mortality rate in the world.