Environmental insecurity is not just outside, but can also be found in child’s home or school. The environment our children found themselves affects them differently than adults. Because their bodies are still growing, children are at higher risk if they are exposed to environmental contaminants. Bacteria and other harmful chemicals can be a threat to anyone’s health, especially to young children.
Millions of children die every year as a result of environmental insecurity. Their deaths could be prevented by using low-cost and sustainable tools and strategies for improving the environment.
In some countries, more than one-third of the disease burden could be prevented by proper environmental policies. Information collected in the WHO study is crucial to letting countries select appropriate intervention methods. According to the WHO study carried out in 23 countries, more than 10% of deaths are due to unsafe water (including poor sanitation and hygiene) and indoor air pollution, particularly from solid fuel used for cooking.
In an interview with an eye witness, Mr. Babalola who is a teacher at New Eden primary school supported this fact, said; “there has been series of illness attached to the poor environment of the school, the two most common tropical diseases are malaria and enteric fever. One major cause of these conditions is contaminated food and water. The dirty stagnant water in the school premises harbors countless germs which are harmful to the health of the students.
Mr. Babalola added that millions of children dies as a result of living or schooling in an unhealthy environment. Environmental-related diseases; such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries which may endangered the life of the children.
He further explained that in some countries, more than one-third of the disease burden could be prevented by environmental changes. “I there by implore our leader to look into making our environments conducive for us so that our children can be free from diseases. It has been demonstrated that children are more vulnerable than adults to environmental factors because, they are still growing and their immune systems and detoxification mechanisms are not yet fully developed.”
He therefore noted that Interventions at the community and the national level can significantly improve the environment, because our environment is also important as clothing and food.