22,500 children died from air pollution in Lagos last year – LASEPA
About 22,500 children died from air pollution in the state in 2021, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) says.
The agency said the figure was 75 percent of 30,000 people who died in 2021 in the state as a result of the bad environment.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday in Lagos, the General Manager, LASEPA, Dolapo Fasawe said this at the official kick-off ceremony for the “EKO Clean Air” project which had the theme; “Breathe Clean Air Now”.
According to Ms Fasawe, the figures were developed from a report which noted the consequence of air pollution on the health of residents.
Fasawe said that the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had been very intentional and assertive in its objective to ensure clean air and a sustainable environment to Lagos citizens.
She remarked that upon resumption, Sanwo-Olu prioritized health and the environment in the administration’s THEMES agenda “because there is no good health without a good environment.
“Eko for Clean Air is preaching prosperity, good health, increased GDP and increased productivity for the people of Lagos State.
“We are currently in the Itedo community and the response has been mind-blowing.
“We did an Air Quality Study before this intervention and we also did something called the K-A-P: Knowledge, Attitude and Practices and we realised that a lot of people did not know the effects of air pollution on health.
“So, our coming here to preach clean energy and recycling, the people are excited and they are committed to partnering with the government on the project.” she said.