22,500 children died from air pollution in Lagos in 2021, says government
The Lagos State Government has confirmed that 22,500 children died from air pollution in the state in 2021, and the figure was 75 per cent of 30,000 people who died in the year due to the bad environment.
Penpushing reports that, the General Manager Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Dolapo Fasawe, made this known to journalists on the sidelines of the official kick-off ceremony for the “EKO Clean Air” project, with the theme, “Breathe Clean Air Now”, held in Lagos.
The agency boss explained that the figures were derived from a report which recorded the impact of air pollution on the health of residents, adding that the state had been very deliberate and proactive in its resolve to deliver clean air and a sustainable environment to Lagos residents.
Penpushing further reports that, Fasawe pointed out that upon resumption, the governor prioritised health and the environment in the administration’s THEMES agenda, because there is no good health without a good environment.
“Eko for Clean Air is preaching prosperity, good health, increased GDP and increased productivity for the people of Lagos State. We are currently in Itedo community and the response has been mind-blowing’, she said.
“We did Air Quality Study before this intervention and we also did something called the K-A-P: Knowledge, Attitude and Practices and we realised that a lot of persons did not know the effects of air pollution on health. So, our coming here to preach clean energy and recycling, the people are excited and they are committed to partnering with the government on the project” Fasawe stated
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