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Air pollution major concern for parents: survey

2018/01/22 15:51:55

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Taipei, Jan. 22 (CNA) As air pollution across Taiwan worsens, the issue has become a major concern for parents, a recent survey found.

According to the results of a survey released by the Child Welfare League Foundation on Monday, 91.4 percent of parents polled expressed concern about increasing air pollution, while 87 percent said they had asked their children to spend less time engaged in outdoor activities.

While 48 percent of parents surveyed think the air quality around the school attended by their children is poor and worry it could impact their child's health, 34.6 percent believe kids suffering from respiratory ailments have grown worse, the survey found.

The survey, conducted from October to December 2017, collected 2,535 valid questionnaires from the parents of school age children at six schools, two each in northern, central and southern Taiwan, located at major intersections or near a source of pollution.

The survey also discovered that 84.2 percent of parents surveyed do not check air quality information on a regular basis. In fact, 40 percent had never done so, it indicated.

On the issue of school environment, 85.6 percent said school efforts to promote awareness of air pollution among students are adequate, and 65.5 percent said schools need to be more green.

In addition, 75.3 percent of parents believe classrooms should be equipped with air cleaners and 54.5 percent said physical eduction classes should be held indoors.

Huang Yun-hsuan (黃韻璇), executive secretary of the foundation, said January usually has the worst air quality. She urged the government and school authorities to pay more attention to the issue as it is of great significance to child health, while also urging parents to join the campaign to combat air pollution.

(By Hsu Chih-wei and Flor Wang)