The UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore on Thursday urged the governments of the countries in the South Asian region and around the world to take urgent steps to reduce air pollution.
In a statement she said, ‘Around 620 million children in the region breathe polluted and toxic air. As they have smaller lungs, breathe twice as fast as adults, and lack the immunities that come with age, children endure its damaging health and neurological effects the most.’
She also associated air pollution with one of the biggest killers of children – pneumonia, and linked it to asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory infections.
‘UNICEF is calling for urgent action to address this air quality crisis. Governments in the region and around the world should take urgent steps to reduce air pollution by investing on cleaner, renewable sources of energy to replace fossil fuel combustion,’ the statement read.
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