Dr John Ssempebwa, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health said Mulago is a sensitive area that attract serious patients with varied diseases, some of which are air quality sensitive.
Makerere University School of Public Health is carrying out air
quality monitoring at Mulago Hospital area.
In an interview with Uganda Radio Network on Friday, Dr John Ssempebwa, a
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health said
Mulago is a sensitive area that attract serious patients with varied diseases,
some of which are air quality sensitive.
This, he says is in addition to health training institutions and
residences in the area.
The study is being conducted under GEOHealth Project jointly with the
Department of Community Health and Behavioural Sciences. The project focuses on
air pollution and health, occupational safety and health and climate change
“We are still analysing the data that came out in the first phase, so once
those are in place, we shall be able to sit back and say, okay these are the
results, these are some of the causes of air pollution around Mulago and then
these are some of the ways we are going to control these. I am not quite sure
of when the results will be out but we shall inform you,” Dr Ssempebwa said.
Dr Ssempebwa says however that lately, Mulago Hospital area has been a hub for
serious refurbishments, with construction works which he suspects could have
tampered with the air quality in the area.
He further explains that the area is a busy city suburb with heavy traffic that
produces fumes which could also likely compromise the air quality.
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Research published by the International Journal of Environmental Research and
Public Health indicates that Air pollution is one of the leading global public
Health problems commonly associated with air pollution exposure include
respiratory diseases (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, lung
cancer and acute respiratory infections in children) and cardiovascular
diseases (such as ischemic heart disease and stroke).
Dr Ssempebwa says the results from the air sampler will inform
some of the practices that can be curbed to ensure clean air in the area.