Air pollution in Nairobi a threat to reproductive health

Traffic jam in Nairobi. The Southern Bypass will now be re-opened tomorrow after the contractor completes gravelling it. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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  • Prof Shem Wandiga said the small quantities of the chemicals inhaled by the residents in areas such as Westlands, Uthiru, and Kikuyu will in the long run disrupt their reproductive systems.
  • Other spots in the city which are heavily polluted include the University of Nairobi main campus, Wilson Airport, Mombasa road’s St James Hospital area, Athi River, and Ngong forest.
  • Prof Wandiga noted with concern that there were still high levels of banned DDT pesticides in the air.
  • He said that cement factories in Athi River were emitting a lot of dust in the air which may have impact as the dust may contain chemicals and metals.

The worsening quality of air in Nairobi due to traffic congestion may interfere with the reproductive health of the residents living in highly polluted areas in the city.


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