Environmental insecurity is not just outside, but can also be found in child’s home or school. The environment our children found themselves affects them differently than adults. Because their bodies are still growing, children are at higher risk if they are exposed to environmental contaminants. Bacteria and other harmful chemicals can be a threat to anyone’s health, especially to young children.
In an interview with an eye witness, who is a teacher in New Eden primary school “there has been series of illness attached to the poor environment of the school, the two most common tropical diseases are malaria and enteric fever. One major cause of these conditions is contaminated food and water. The dirty stagnant water in the school premises harbors countless germs which are harmful to the health of the students.
He added that millions of children die as a result of living or schooling in an unhealthy environment. Environmental-related diseases; such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries which may endangered the life of the children.
He further that in some countries, more than one-third of the disease burden could be prevented by environmental changes. “I there by implore our leader to look into making our environments conducive for us so that our children can be free from diseases. It has been demonstrated that children are more vulnerable than adults to environmental factors because, they are still growing and their immune systems and detoxification mechanisms are not yet fully developed.”
He therefore noted that Interventions at the community and the national level can significantly improve the environment, because our environment is also important as clothing and food.