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Call for forging social resistance to check sound pollution

  • Our Correspondent
  • 26 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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RAJSHAHI: Health experts and academicians stressed the need for forging social resistance to fight against the sound pollution to save people from being infected with various physical and mental disorders.

They came up with the importance while addressing a training workshop for the students in tackling noise pollution at Rajshahi College auditorium on Sunday afternoon.

The Department of Environment (DoE) organised the training session in association with its Integrated and Partnership in Controlling Sound Pollution Project.

Commissioner of Rajshahi division Dr Humayun Kabir addressed the workshop as chief guest with Rajshahi College Principal Prof Abdul Khaleque in the chair.

Professor Dr Asadur Rahman from the Department of Ear Nose and Throat in Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital and Prof Abul Kalam Azad from the Institute of Environmental Sciences in Rajshahi University presented two keynote papers.

DoE Additional Director General Humayun Kabir, Divisional Director of the Directorate of Health Services Dr Habibul Ahsan Talukder, Additional Deputy Inspector General of Police Joydeb Bhadra and Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Anirban Chakma also spoke.

The meeting was told that sound pollution is the main reason behind 30 major diseases in the human body and around five percent of the population is affected physically and mentally by the pollution.

It was also informed that the project aims to highlight the noise pollution issue by measuring its effects on children and to raise awareness and develop a strategy paper on possible interventions.

It also aims to align stakeholders - including local government, people and NGOs - with the issue.

In his remarks, Dr Humayun Kabir said sound pollution causes multifarious physical and mental disorders of people. Utmost emphasis should be given on creating mass-awareness with full-length enforcement of the existing laws to protect public health from the adverse effects of sound pollution, he said.

Mentioning that excessive traffic noise disrupts people's lives, he said: "Now, it's the time to forge social resistance against noise pollution for a sustainable socio-economic development. We should build safe havens for the future generations."

Earlier in the morning, the DoE organized a similar training workshop for the imams and khatibs at Imam Training Academy auditorium so that they can contribute to minimise sound pollution.