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Yaoundé Air Quality Exceeds WHO Limits, Study Finds, Raising Health Concerns

Yaoundé Air Quality Exceeds WHO Limits, Study Finds, Raising Health Concerns

Paru le lundi, 22 janvier 2024 11:43

A joint study by Cameroon's Ministry of the Environment and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has revealed alarming levels of air pollution in the capital, Yaoundé, exceeding World Health Organization (WHO) standards and potentially impacting public health.

The four-month study, published in the Cameroon Tribune newspaper, focused on fine particulate matter (PM2.5) with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less. The researchers found that Yaoundé's PM2.5 levels consistently surpass the WHO's recommended limit of 25 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m³).

In November 2023 alone, the study recorded 21 days with PM2.5 levels exceeding 35 μg/m³, significantly above the WHO threshold and posing a health risk. Only five days during the month met WHO air quality standards.

The links between this pollution and serious pathologies are clear, the study concludes, citing coughs, rhinitis, influenza, and conjunctivitis as potential health consequences.

The researchers conducted the study using two sensors installed in downtown Yaoundé. Further research is planned in other Cameroonian cities to assess the extent of the air pollution problem nationwide.

Michel Ange Nga       

Dernière modification le lundi, 22 janvier 2024 11:45

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