ISLAMABAD: Smoke from traditional cook stoves kills about four million people annually worldwide, a research has revealed.
Mr Augustine Osei Bonsu, Director of Vivo Energy Ghana, distributors of market Shell-branded fuels and lubricants in the country, disclosed on Saturday that, more than 85 per cent of such deaths were due to Indoor Air Pollution, which occurs mostly in Africa, CBC News Reported.
He was speaking at a presentation ceremony at Ntotroso, where Newmont Ahafo Mine of Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (NGGL) in the Asutifi North District of the Brong-Ahafo Region, in collaboration with Vivo Energy Ghana, distributed 400 stoves and 200 solar lamps to some resettlement at the Ahafo mine-take area.
Mr Bonsu said the research revealed that women and children, especially girls who often worked at home around the fire, are the greatest risk, adding that, based on this information, Shell Foundation partnered with Envirofit International to launch a World-wide Clean Technology Cook Stoves Business to impact indoor air pollution.
“They teamed up to make available quality energy efficient cook stoves to minimize emissions of smoke and harmful chemicals that lead to disease and death”, he explained.