Dire need of policy and guidance that can promote public health and environment, including healthier homes and healthier transport, says health agency
Finding solutions to the upcoming challenges due to change in climate was main agenda on second day of the global conference of World Health Organization (WHO) on health and climate change.
Experts highlighted that air pollution monitoring is limited and fragmented. The problem can be resolved by combining new methods including satellite tracking, remote sensing and chemical transport models. Such solutions can fill gaps and improve estimates.
Cardiologist and epidemiologist McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario Salim Yusuf, said that a cardio-protective city should eradicate food nano-aggressors, which unlike bacteria and virus are not alive but present around us and are threats to human body. Food nano-aggressors include trans fat, excess of salt, added phosphoric acid while air nano-aggressors includes CO, SO2, NO2 and a few other compunds. By eradicating air-borne nano-aggressors and developing nano energies, a city can expect a 25 to 27 per cent reduction of cardiac disease.
It was also discussed that there is need of policy and guidance for promoting public health and environment including healthier homes, healthier transport, healthier cities, greater access to clean energy for the poor and more resilient health facilities.
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