April 7 is celebrated as World Health Day across the world. The specialty of this day is that the World Health Organization was established 72 years ago on this day. Did you know that the first World Health Day was celebrated in 1950 and this day was set aside to celebrate the creation of the World Health Organization, established in 1948. So it is also important to know that the World Health Organization (WHO) was established on 7 April 1948. That’s why 7th April became World Health Day. Today, through this organization, health awareness is being spread among the people all over the world.
The theme of this year’s 72nd World Health Day is ‘Our Planet, Our Health’. Meanwhile, a few days ago the World Health Organization released a shocking research. According to research, today 99 percent of the world’s population is forced to breathe toxic air, which means that about 797 million people on earth are living in air pollution. This is directly affecting their health.
The research was conducted in 117 countries:
The World Health Organization team examined air quality in more than 6,000 cities in 117 countries. It found that more countries are paying attention to air quality today than ever before. But nitrogen dioxide and very fine particles are entering the body of people living in these countries. This problem is most prevalent in low- and middle-income countries.
Why is nitrogen dioxide dangerous?
Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is a highly toxic gas. It burns fossil fuels. This means the gas is released from moving vehicles, power plants, and farms. NO2 increases the risk of respiratory diseases like asthma.
Which particles in the air are harmful?
Particulate matter (PM) present in the air acts as a toxin for the human lungs. WHO investigated PM 10 and PM 2.5 in this research. These are particles present in the air whose size is 10 micrometers or less. This can lead to the premature death of the person. Particles from both groups are formed by the burning of fossil fuels and are a major threat to our health.