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Over 470,000 Nigerians are believed to have died from firewood smoke-induced ailments in the past five years.
The World Health Organisation recently said smoke from open fire is Nigeria’s third biggest killer with over 95,000 deaths annually behind Malaria and HIV/AIDS.
It added that the majority of the people affected are women, who cook for their families and their children, who often stay close to them in the kitchen.
The draft National Gas Policy of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, obtained by Saturday PUNCH, said, “According to WHO, smoke from open fire is Nigeria’s third biggest killer with over 95,000 deaths annually behind Malaria and HIV/AIDS.”
With 95,000 deaths annually, over 470,000 Nigerians must have died from diseases contracted as a result of being exposed to open fire smoke between 2011 and 2016 and this, experts said, was worrisome.
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