In additions to various challenges facing the nation, Nigeria has been named the country with the highest burden of fatalities from Air pollution in Africa and the 4th in the world.
This was made known in a report by the annual State of the Global Air Report published by the Health Effects Institute (HEI)
According to the report, Nigeria has the highest burden of fatalities from air pollution as about 150 out of 100,000 deaths recorded are attributed to air pollution.
The report further states that the poor air condition in the country can be attributed to environmental hazards caused by generator fumes, vehicle emission, smokes from crop burning among others.
The report compared the 150 out of 100,000 deaths attributed to air pollution in Nigeria in 2016 with China, an industrialized country with 117 deaths per 100,000. Russia with 62, Germany, 22, United Kingdom 21 deaths and Japan, 13 out of 100,000 deaths.
Out of all countries listed in the report, only Afghanistan with 406, Pakistan, 207 and India, 195 deaths per 100,000 exceeded Nigeria.
Air pollution problems are not limited to the cities alone, rural areas are also bedeviled with this challenge too as a result of using coal for cooking and the practice of bush burning.
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