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You may not have gas, but you definitely shouldn’t burn wood, experts warn Islamabadis

February 20, 2019
You may not have gas, but you definitely shouldn’t burn wood, experts warn Islamabadis

The smoke is bad for your health

Islamabad is going through a tough time this February due to a massive gap between the supply and demand of gas. Many residents have been forced to burn wood to cook their food. 

Setting fire to a small pile of wood and kindling in the smallest room in your house may be calming and provide much needed heat to cook your food, it isn’t doing your health any favours.

“Solid fuels such as wood and coal emit very high levels of pollutants, especially very small particles that can penetrate deep into the lungs causing respiratory issues,” said environmental expert Momi Saleem.  “Households that regularly burn wood, coal or other solid fuels to cook their food get accustomed to carbon dioxide gas, which is hazardous to their health.”

Related: Gas supply to Islamabad, Punjab CNG stations suspended for an indefinite period

Residents of Islamabad say the chronic shortage of gas and increasing coal prices are forcing them to cook with firewood.

Another health expert said that there are many alternative sources to cook food, including wind power and solar power, but people are not accustomed to them due to lack of awareness.

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5 Comments

  1. Avatar
      Qayyum  February 21, 2019 11:55 am/ Reply

    Government should control population or it should export manpower to other countries.

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        Rizwan Ahmed  February 21, 2019 10:57 pm/ Reply

      Mr Qayyum ..i have years of research on this issue..population is not an issue at all.only issue is mismanagement.

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      Abdul Haqq  February 21, 2019 3:50 pm/ Reply

    Can you then suggest how people would go about to obtain these wind and solar powers, are they easily available cheaper. Government doesn’t even initiate utilization of these sources of energy or give subsidies and you expect ordinary Pakistanis to do it? The so called experts are out of touch of reality!

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      Wasif  February 22, 2019 9:18 am/ Reply

    Country which is facing power crisis & don’t go for covering the gap through solar & wind energy,u r expecting from ordinary citizens to use alternative sources. What a strange solution

  4. Avatar
      Asifshadaei  February 22, 2019 2:02 pm/ Reply

    Naya pakistan

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