Thursday, July 18, 2024

Climate Change and Health: Why should Botswana be concerned

This article examines the health impacts of climate change and its implications for climate change adaptation and health care provision. Furthermore, the article describes the process of global climate change, its current and future impacts on human health in general borrowing from the literature. It focuses attention on the need for policy response and on the need for agenda setting by countries to respond as spelled out in the Paris Declaration.  The article acknowledges that Climate change is happening now, and its effects are expected to worsen over the next century as stated in various reports and academic presentations.  Exposure to heat and cold, air pollution, pollen, food safety risks, disruptions to access to and functioning of health services and facilities, emerging infections and flooding are examined as the key impacts of climate change influencing health outcomes.  Various literature sources states that there is overwhelming evidence that shows climate change is a threat to public health. For example, extreme weather conditions and related disasters to wider spread of such vector-borne diseases as malaria. However, what is of paramount importance is that the impacts of climate on human health will not be evenly distributed around the world.

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