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Asia, Africa top in pollution-related health risks, according to study

Given its ill effects on the environment, pollution is known to be one of the pressing challenges of society today.

It is a known fact that the matter is rampant and has detrimental effects particularly on health, but what if the very place you call home has a heightened risk of pollution-related illnesses?

In a study recently published in medical journal The Lancet, Asia and Africa were revealed to be the top two continents with intensified hazards for diseases caused by pollution.

India came out as the top country for these risks, where one in every four premature deaths in 2015 was linked to pollution. China came in at second with one pollution-associated death in every five cases. Sudan, Haiti, and a number of countries in the said continents have around one fifth of their premature deaths caused by pollution.

Pollution has also caused 9 million premature deaths in 2015 worldwide, according to a partial estimate by researchers. This figure appeared to be higher than smoking-related deaths, as well as deaths caused by AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis altogether, according to the study.

The project, which aims to look into the deaths and illnesses caused by all forms of pollution, used methods that include an assessment of field data from soil tests, and statistics on air and water pollution from ongoing study Global Burden of Disease.

It was also revealed that such demises occur in the poorest countries, and poorest communities, where environmental efforts are not heavily prioritized.

Higher figures on pollution-linked deaths and diseases are expected as further research is pursued.

This story first appeared here.