Areas with best and worst air revealed in September air quality report

Air quality refers to measurement of how clean or polluted the air might be. Monitoring of air quality is important because pollution is dangerous to human health and the environment. Exposure to polluted air poses a number of health risks such as cardiovascular diseases, asthma, cancers, heart diseases and allergic reactions. It is for this reason that NEMA routinely monitors air quality to detect episodes and trends of areas with unconducive air.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) report for the month of September, 2021 indicates that air in the Kampala suburb of Wandegeya was the best, while Kisenyi registered the highest pollution index. Data collected from 1st – 30th September from the air quality monitors stationed in various parts of the city, indicates that the air quality was generally unhealthy for sensitive groups of people such as those suffering from heart and lung complications.

The average reading was AQI 129 which is beyond the recommended ambient air quality index of AQI 100.