In this research report, the authors have estimated that nearly 10000 deaths in the Southern China region with the majority (94%) occurring in the Pearl River Delta2 (PRD) have occurred due to air pollution at 2006. It was a conservative estimate which also acknowledge the fact that Air pollution is responsible for some 440,000 annual hospital bed-days and 11 million outpatient visits annually through the region. The authors estimated that with such kind of effect would offset the major part of economic growth incurred by the nation. The authors suggest that the solution for such kind of problem is the long-term air quality management framework and a commitment to expediently reduce air pollution.
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Hong Kong-based think tank Civic Exchange, the Department of Community Medicine, School of Public Health of Hong Kong University; the Department of Community and Family Medicine, School of Public Health of Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Institute for the Environment of the University of Hong Kong for Science & Technology are pleased to announce the release a groundbreaking study today entitled A Price Too High – Health Impacts of Air Pollution in southern China.
Using 2006 air quality data, the number of premature deaths estimated at 10,000 in Hong Kong, Macao and the Pearl River Delta can be avoided. At current levels, the pollution is also responsible for 440,000 annual hospital bed-days, and 11 million annual outpatient visits throughout the region. These are very large numbers exacting a heavy cost on the citizens in the region.
The research also shows there has not been sufficient local and regional air pollution and public health research to track the effectiveness of policies, and assist the authorities to formulate the best policies to reduce pollution. In the past 25 years only 147 such reports have been conducted for all of mainland China, with only 37 of those concerned with southern China.
With the East Asian and Asian Games coming to Hong Kong and Guangzhou in 2009 and 2010 respectively, the report outlines clear opportunities for positive collaboration to reduce emissions and improve public health.
Full report and presentation are available on Civic Exchange website:
Full Report: http://www.civic-exchange.org/eng/upload/files/200806_pricetoohigh.pdf
Full literature review and supplementary report:
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