WHO worried by Huge Annual Deaths from Climate Change

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on countries to take urgent measures to prevent avoidable deaths from the climate change, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

The global health organisation said in a statement, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, that the occurrence was a shift from the regular pattern of diseases.

The world body expressed worry over the estimated tens of thousands of deaths occurring every year due to climate change.

The body explained that deaths from this climate change resulted from shifting patterns of disease, extreme weather events, such as heat-waves and floods as well as degradation of air quality, food, water supplies and sanitation.

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WHO, estimated that in 2012, seven million people died from air pollution-related diseases, making it the world’s largest single environmental health risk.

The WHO said that in Nigeria, implementing measures to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, could prevent 70,000 premature deaths per year from outdoor air pollution, from 2030 onward.

The World health body said that strengthening health resilience to climate risks would ensure that recent progress against climate-sensitive diseases was not slowed or reversed.

Such measures included early-warning systems for more frequent and severe heat waves, and protection of water, sanitation, and hygiene services against floods and droughts.

 

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