The Lagos State Government has urged residents to follow the guidelines and policies in place for improved air quality in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, gave the advice on Friday, during the Air Quality Awareness Walk and Interactive Session, organised by the Lagos State Government and the U.S Mission, Nigeria.
Abayomi said that there was the need for improved air quality, as it affected human health and well-being, since it had been indicated that seven million people died of air pollution across the world in 2019.
“What we are trying to achieve here is good health. While the initiative is being driven through the Ministry of Environment, and its agency – LASEPA will regulate air quality, water quality, noise pollution, the ultimate impact of bad air or bad water or excessive stress is poor health.
“So the end point of pollution is that it degrades your health. Either you drink water that causes you to get sick, and you end up in hospital or you breathe polluted air that affects your lungs, your heart and your brain and every aspect of your body.
“When you are breathing in polluted air, the pollutants go from your lungs into your bloodstream, and from your bloodstream to every part of your body,” he said.