Kabul residents said Saturday that rates of respiratory illness are growing due to severe air pollution in Kabul city.
Kabul air pollution greatly increases during the cold season as the people mostly use cheap fuels that burn "dirty."
“Pollution is increasing in Kabul, and it is very dangerous, creating many problems and illnesses,” said Noor Gul, a resident.
Health staff at government and private hospitals have expressed anxiety over the pollution in Kabul, confirming that patients with respiratory illnesses increase as the winter sets in.
“The illnesses related to the pollution is growing and many patients come to hospitals,” said Tankeen, a doctor.
Meanwhile, officials of Kabul municipality urged all residents to closely cooperate in reducing the pollution.
“This is our responsibility, and we will continue our efforts, so, we ask people to kindly cooperate with us,” said Hamdullah Nomani, deputy Mayor of Kabul.
The concerns come as the Islamic Emirate has not assigned anyone to head the National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA).
People are mostly using coal, plastic and other cheap fuels in Kabul, which seriously threatens the lives of residents.
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