NTS tasks government to promote healthy environment
The Nigerian Thoracic Society (NTS) has called on government at all levels to make policies that could control air pollution for a healthy environment and avoid respiratory diseases, such as asthma and other communicable diseases.
NTS President, Prof. Prince Ele, said NTS has, since 1980, been working on prevention and treatment of respiratory diseases through evidence-based research, innovations, education, patient care and advocacy. He said there was need for right policies to be put in place to actualise its dreams of existence.
Ele made this call, yesterday, in Lagos, during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and scientific conference entitled “Pulmonary care, the patient, the practice and the pandemic.” He said NTS was committed to decreasing morbidity and mortality and the programme provided a platform for meaningful interaction, especially during scientific sessions.
Conference Chairperson of Local Organising Committee, Dr. Olufunke Adeyeye, said that was the second time the association met since COVID-19 pandemic and it was worthy to remind “ourselves of the impact of environmental pollution on health, particularly at a time like this.”
General Manager/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. Adedolapo Fasawe, said 70 per cent of air pollution in Lagos State was caused by traffic gridlock, therefore the agency was committed to protecting the environment.
She said: “People should reduce or cut down on what they throw away, volunteer for cleanups in your community, conserve water, choose sustainable environment, shop wisely, use long-lasting light bulbs and plant trees.”
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