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Poor Air Quality: A Major Concern
Bangladesh has been experiencing high levels of air pollution in the last couple of years which has led to a significant impact on people's health. As per a Health Report, air pollution has become the 2nd leading health risk factor after high blood pressure in our country. According to a Air Quality Study, Bangladesh was among the top 10 countries with the highest outdoor PM 2.5 (particulate matter) levels in 2019.
Country's air is becoming increasingly poisonous in the absence of effective measures to control the release of pollutants.  
As a result, the number of lung patients has been on the quick rise. Asthma is noticeably present in people aged under 8 and over 45.
Mothers and children are chronically exposed to very high levels of air pollution. The threat of non-communicable diseases including chronic respiratory and cardiovascular illness is raising sharply.
In Bangladesh, people suffer from the worst air quality in the months of November, December, January and February. As it has been a growing tension, the concerned authority need urgent and sustained action to initiate comprehensive focus on reducing air pollution in order to afford clean air for country dwellers.

Wares Ali Khan
Narsingdi

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