13 million Preventable Deaths, World Health Organization Report Suggests

"The Drifter" by Marcelo César Augusto Romeo licensed under CC BY 2.0
The Drifter” by Marcelo César Augusto Romeo licensed under CC BY 2.0

Source: The World Post

Millions of people die every year, due to unhealthy environmental conditions caused by man. According to a recent report under the World Health Organization (WHO), around 13 million people died in 2012 because of unhealthy environmental factors that could have otherwise been controlled, such as air quality, water quality, workplace safety, ultraviolet radiation and climate change. In its assessment, the report excludes personal choices like diet and drug use.

The report notes that all of these conditions could be modified by technology and government, and primary prevention measures could be taken to reduce health risk for the populations.

An astounding 1 in 4 children under 5 die from such navigable environmental conditions. Approximately 1 in 4 deaths from 2012 worldwide were caused by poor environmental conditions.

In its report, the WHO urged that conditions might continue to worsen if more preventative measures are not taken seriously and integrated into governmental agendas.

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