Charcoal Burning Sending Ugandans to the Grave

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The Minister of Water and Environment Sam Cheptoris has cautioned Ugandans against bush and charcoal burning, the leading causes of pollution in the area.

The minister said that about one third of deaths from stroke, lungs and heart diseases are due to air pollution, making it the leading killer in Uganda today.

He was officiating at activities to mark the World Environment Day in Moroto district on Wednesday.

According to the World Health Organization, air pollution ranks as the tenth most dangerous threat to public health; and among the 19 leading risk factors for global mortality.

Dr Tom Okurut, the Executive Director of National Environment Management Authority-NEMA urged all Ugandans to reflect on their daily actions to the environment.

He notes that energy sources, agricultural practices, industrial and economic activities impact on the environment if not well managed.

The World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5, every year.

This year’s celebrations were marked under the theme “Fight Air Pollution to Protect Human Health and Environment”.

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