Shameful! Onitsha is world’s most polluted city, 3 other Nigerian cities mentioned (See Full List)

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most polluted city in the world is Onitsha, Anambra state, Nigeria.

Onitsha is first on a a list of 20 worst cities worldwide for air pollution as measured by Statista and WHO. Three other Nigerian cities feature on the infamous list also.

Professor Jinzhuo Zhao, from Fudan University School of Public Health, China, who studies the impact of a particulate matter says: “The findings of a number of human studies are encouraging and a good basis for further work to determine optimal combinations of nutrients to prevent or reduce the impact of particulate matter on different aspects of health.”

Below is the list:

Below is the full list of cities:

1. Onitsha, Nigeria

2. Peshawar, Pakistan

3. Zabol, Iran

4. Rawalpindi, Pakistan

5. Kaduna, Nigeria

6. Aba, Nigeria

7. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

8. Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia

9. Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan

10. Gwailor, India

11. Hamad town, Bahrain

12. Allahabad, India

13. Shijiazhuang, China

14. Karachi, Pakistan

15. Dammam, Saudi Arabia

16. Umuahia, Nigeira

17. Raipur, India

18. Kabul, Afghanistan

19. Ma’ameer, Bahrain

20. Boshehr, Iran

According to World Economic Forum (WEF), more than 90% of people worldwide have to breathe polluted air. Fossil fuels are the primary cause.

People who live in crowded places where there are no cleaner forms of transportation and energy are those who majorly affected by the pollution.

This is particularly evident in some areas of Asia, where smog hangs over cities and seeps into the countryside, and even into people’s homes.

According to WHO air pollution contains fine particulate matter that can enter the body and get into the lungs, causing respiratory and cardiovascular issues such as asthma attacks and irregular heartbeat, increased oxidative stress and inflammation, and chronic disease like diabetes and cancer.

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