Health risks due to climate change discussed

Lalitpur, October 21:

Experts have stressed the need to be conscious of health hazards caused due to climatic changes.

“While analysing available data from various sources regarding health hazards it has been found that the change in the climate has had adverse effect on the people’s health condition,” Dr Bandana Pradhan, associate professor at the Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, said.

He was presenting a case study on ‘impact of climate change on human health’ at a workshop organised by the Local Initiative for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD). Presenting a paper Dr Puja Lama said many medical professionals were not aware of the potential impact of climatic changes on the human health. Dr Lama said only 40 to 60 per cent of the doctors she had surveyed said they were aware of the impact. She also said outbreak of communicable disease, vector borne diseases, maladjustment with living environments, respiratory, gastrointestinal and skin diseases are some of the impacts of the climate change.

Dr Lama said there is a thorough need of research on climate change and pattern of disease, effect of climate change on depressive illness, global warming and its hazards and impact on climate change on vector-borne diseases like malaria, kala-zar, typhoid etc. Sandeep Rai of the WWF said school teachers have suggested them to include the issue of health hazards due to climate change in the school curriculum.