Karnataka records worst air quality in southern states

Karnataka records worst air quality in southern states

India's first comprehensive state wide estimates of deaths says that Karnataka has the worst air quality in southern India, that kills 95 persons out of very 100,000 population. Karnataka's index is worst than the national average of 90 deaths per 100,000 per population. One out of eight deaths are due to air pollution in India. It is also said that about 50% of 12.4lacs deaths are due to air pollution.

Uttar Pradhesh, Delhi, Haryana, Bihar and Rajasthan has the worst air quality in Northern states as per Journal Lancet study.

In Karnataka the death rate per one lakh population due to air pollution stands at 94.8% where as national average is about 89.9. Other southern states like Andhra Pradhesh stands at 83.7, Telangana 65.8, Kerala 79.2, Tamil Nadu 75.9, Goa 58.2.

A Research professor at Public Health Foundation Lalit Dandona says air pollution contributing to more disease burden than tobacco use causing respiratory infections, chronic obstructive lung diseases, heart attacks, lung cancer etc.

In Karnataka, each citizen would have lived 1.4 years longer if the air quality improved. On national level, the number is
1.7 years. In Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh where life-expectancy increased by two years if the pollution plunged.

In order to reduce the impact of air pollution it is important to have vigorous estimates of air pollution, this study will serve as guide in making further progress, says the secretary to the Department of Health Research and director general, Indian Council of Medical Research Balram Bhargava.


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