Sunday, February 5, 2023

Public health reinforcement against air pollution

Third Vice President and Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera.

council of ministers cleared this tuesday Royal Decree To promote the prevention and control of air quality. The main objective of this regulation, which is complemented by initiatives launched earlier such as health and environment planning or air quality index Protecting public health from poor air quality And avoid pollution peaks. The new agreement includes a Short-Term Framework Action Plan for episodes of high pollutionwherein new thresholds and corresponding actions are established for all administrations if said thresholds are exceeded.

According to data from the European Environment Agency, poor air quality causes approx. 3,000 deaths by PM2.5 particles, 6,000 by NO2 and 1,800 by ozone (O3). For this reason, with the legislative text in the protection and monitoring of air quality carried out by the Ministry for Energy Transition and Demographic Challenges (Miteco), it seeks to achieve a better control of air pollution by reducing the concentration of particulates and nitrogen dioxide in particular. in large cities, where especially the air quality has deteriorated,

the ultimate goal is to protect public health To guard against poor air quality and to avoid pollution peaks, thus preventing reaching the warning limits established in law and, consequently, reducing the number of threshold values ​​exceeded, Similarly, citizens will be provided with information on pollution alert levels and action to be taken in each pollution scenario.

health and environment planning

According to the Minister of Health, Caroline DariasThe Health and Environment Plan, endorsed by the Interterritorial Council of the Ministry of Health in November 2021, is made up of a package of 420 measures designed to position Spain as a leading country in a “comprehensive approach”. “Environmental Factors That Have a Direct Effect” on health to improve patient care, in addition to “meeting future challenges such as climate change”.

The idea, explained the head of the health portfolio, is to gradually implement the various action plans Biennial Programs in 14 Thematic Areas Divided into chapters such as climate change and health, pollution, radiation and habitat. The project started in 2019 under the leadership of former minister Maria Luisa CarcedoAnd there has been involvement of members of health as experts.

The information published in Redaccion Médica consists of confirmations, data and statements from official institutions and health professionals. However, if you have any queries regarding your health, please consult your respective health expert.

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