Ghana's capital city of Accra has been ranked the worst city in terms of air quality and pollution, according to a report by IQAir.
The current index of 389 places Accra in the "Hazardous" category, ahead of cities like Delhi, Lahore, Dhaka, and Mumbai.
The report highlighted the need for urgent action to address the air quality crisis in the city. It recommended measures such as the use of masks, avoiding outdoor activities during peak hours, keeping indoor air clean, reducing energy consumption, using public transport, and planting more trees.
Air pollution has been linked to a range of health problems, including respiratory illnesses, heart disease, and stroke. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution.
The IQAir report noted that air pollution in Accra is mainly caused by industrial activities, transportation, and residential energy use. The city has a high level of particulate matter in the air, which can cause serious health problems when inhaled.
The report has sparked calls for the Ghanaian government to take immediate action to address the issue. Environmental activists have called for stricter regulations on industries and transportation, as well as increased investment in renewable energy and public transport.
The IQAir report serves as a wake-up call for cities around the world to take action to address air pollution. With the number of people living in cities set to increase in the coming years, it is essential that governments and citizens work together to create clean, healthy urban environments.
To protect yourself from the hazardous air quality and pollution in Accra, Ghana, you can take the following precautions:
1. Wear a face mask when you are outdoors, especially in areas with high levels of pollution.
2. Keep windows and doors closed to prevent polluted air from entering your home or office.
3. Use an air purifier to filter the air inside your home or office.
4. Avoid exercising outdoors, particularly during times of high pollution.
5. Stay informed about air quality levels in your area and plan your activities accordingly.
6. Limit your exposure to pollution by avoiding congested roads and areas with high levels of traffic.
7. Plant trees and other vegetation in your yard to help absorb pollutants.
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