Ground Report | New Delhi: More than 5000 people die; Every year around two million people worldwide die from exposure to hazardous chemicals such as lead, arsenic, arsenic, asbestos, benzene. Daily, this figure is around 5,480 deaths per day. The latest data released by the World Health Organization (WHO), shows that there has been an increase of 28.2% in deaths due to these harmful chemicals between 2016 and 2019.
More than 5000 people die every day
While 15.6 lakh people died due to this in 2016, the death toll has increased to 20 lakh in 2019. On the other hand, if we talk about lead alone, an increase of about 67 percent has been registered in the deaths due to its chemical and most victims of which are children and adults.
The Data released by WHO shows that the Sustainable Development Goals related to health aim to save the world from these dangerous chemicals. At the same time, it reduces air, water, and soil pollution caused by them and prevents diseases caused by them. As such, these new estimates once again reiterate the need for regulation and effective management of these chemicals.
According to the report, these harmful chemicals are also present in the air, soil, water, workplace, and consumer products which can cause many diseases. Which can lead to mental and behavioral disorders, cataracts, asthma, cancer, and neurological disorders. However, the WHO says that most of these deaths are avoidable. For this, measures can be adopted to prevent the use of these chemicals or reduce their exposure.
45 percent of the deaths
Lead alone is responsible for about 45 percent of all deaths from harmful chemicals worldwide. At the same time, there has been an increase of about 67 percent in deaths due to it between 2016 and 2019. Exposure to lead or lead can lead to heart disease (CVD), chronic kidney disease (CKD), and mental illness.
In 2019, about 9 lakh people died due to its contact. Out of which nine out of every 10 people died due to heart diseases. If seen, lead is added to paint to increase the color content, reduce corrosion and dry quickly, which is extremely harmful to health. (More than 5000 people die)
According to the World Health Organization, only 41 percent of countries, including India, have rules for the production, import, sale, and use of lead paint. At the same time, in 17 countries of Africa, no rules related to this have been legally enforced. They are still widely used there today.
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Disability caused by chemicals
Along with this, diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to particulates and cancer are responsible for the deaths caused by these chemicals, which result from exposure to these harmful chemicals in the workplace. It is estimated that about 5 lakh people die each year from COPD due to exposure to dust, smoke, and gas in the workplace. At the same time, more than 35 lakh people die every year due to cancer caused by chemicals like arsenic, asbestos, benzene.
Not only this, a total of 53 million years have been lost due to disability caused by exposure to these harmful chemicals in 2019. In 2016, this figure was about 45 million years, which means it has increased by about 19 percent during these years.