Air Pollution Killing As Many Ugandans As Aids


Air pollution-related deaths are far too common a way to die for the young and elderly in Uganda. About 31,600 people die in Uganda from air pollution-related diseases annually like heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer, and most fatalities are in dusty communities, industrial and commercial areas, which have too many cars gushing fumes and dust, Dr Daniel Okello, the KCCA director of Public Health and Environment, has said. This is almost equal the number of HIV/Aids-related fatalities. According to the World Health Report (2016), the mortality rate from air pollution in Uganda was 155.7 for every 100,000 in 2016. Source: The Observer