Bangladesh has been struggling with air pollution for a long time and Dhaka continues to rank among the most polluted cities in the world. Brick kilns and unfit old vehicles as well as construction work have been identified as major sources of air pollution. The air quality further declines during the dry months from October to April. Experts point out that five of the top 10 causes of deaths in Bangladesh are related to air pollution. Both indoor and outdoor air pollution are causing significant health problems, especially for children. A number of acts, legislations, constitutional amendments and pollution control measures have failed to check this threat. The factors responsible for air pollution must be addressed to clear the environment and we should try to bring into the limelight the sources of pollution and its effects on human health. We can only hope this will awaken the concerned authorities to their role in making the environment clean and liveable as a matter of urgency.
Zubair Khaled Huq