ISLAMABAD: Studies conducted by health experts revealed that approximately 6.5 million people were hospitalised annually for air pollution related illnesses and if remedial measures were not taken, the number could increase, said Dr Tariq Mehmood Taseer, the patients welfare society chairman.
He was addressing the participants of a meeting of the Free Advisory Service of Taseer laboratories. He said that the authorities concerned had failed to check the sale of plastic bags, leaded gasoline and mismanagement in the maintenance of the sewerage system. There wa dire need for remedial steps by both the people and the government to lower the level of toxins in the air.
He said that discarded plastic bags choked drains, which resulted in overflowing gutters, which led to epidemics. He said that people should be discouraged from throwing their garbage in open fields, and authorities concerned should that garbage is collected on a regular basis.