Public health issues like air pollution, environment not getting due attention
Publish- January 30, 2021, 09:55 PM
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Speakers at a webinar urged the authorities concerned to pay more attention to public health issues like air pollution, environment pollution that makes a cost every year.
“Some 173,000 people died of environmental pollution only in 2019. This has been killing us silently,” said Saber Hossain Chowdhury, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on Environment, Forrest and Climate Change Ministry, while addressing the virtual seminar titled: “Talks on Air Pollution in Dhaka: Problem and Mitigation Measures” organized by Energy and Power magazine on Saturday.
He observed that the public health issues are not getting adequate attention from the policy making level on priority basis.
“Public health issues should get top priority and due focus considering their importance as a public interest,” he said.
The seminar was also addressed, among others by former power secretary Sultan Ahmed, energy expert and BUET Prof Ijaz Hossain, former executive director of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority SM Saleh Uddin, and Prof of Ad-Din Hospital Dr Mahmuda Hasan.
Saber Hossain also observed that tobacco is a silent killer like air pollution. “But tobacco farming is also getting support from corona stimulus-fund,” he said adding that we have to come out of such double standard.
He said Dhaka city’s air is getting polluted due to the development works. But no money is spent to address this air pollution.
Prof Ijaz Hossain said it is reported that brickfields are causing 58 percent of the air pollution. But no step is being taken to stop such anti-environment industry.