Smog termed public health emergency

Chief Guest emphasises potential catastrophic impact of uncontrolled smog on Pakistan's economy

Our Correspondent January 11, 2024
Despite the advisory by the government urging people to stay indoors, traffic appears to plying a road engulfed by smog. PHOTO: Abid Nawaz/EXPRESS


Experts at a seminar on Wednesday underscored the escalating threat of smog, labelling it a public health emergency that demands immediate action.

The seminar was organised by the General Cadre Doctors Association and Fatima Memorial Medical College and Hospital.

Chief Guest Dr Saeed Elahi emphasised the potential catastrophic impact of uncontrolled smog on Pakistan's economy, drawing parallels with strategies adopted by Western nations to combat smog.

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Dr Elahi urged a comprehensive approach, emphasising the need to prohibit unnecessary deforestation and manage industrial waste responsibly after treatment.

Dr Masood Sheikh, President of GCDA, highlighted smog's global impact, emphasizing the necessity for collaboration at individual, national, and international levels.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2024.


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