Urban air environmental health indicators for Kuala Lumpur city

Oliver Ling Hoon Leh, Shaharuddin Ahmad, Kadaruddin Aiyub, Yaakob Mohd Jani, Ting Kien Hwa

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Abstract

Air environmental health indicators were defined operationally as a combination of "air quality" and "air-related health" indicators. Clean air is a basic precondition of human health. Air pollutants had been identified with potential negative impact on health especially on respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Thus, studies are necessary to identify and understand the state of environmental health. This study was aimed to examine and analyse the air environmental health condition in city of Kuala Lumpur by using a set of indicators. House to house questionnaire survey was carried out to collect air-related health data, and air quality sampling was carried out to identify ambient air quality level of the city. In general, city of Kuala Lumpur was found to have a "moderate level" of air quality. Air-related illnesses indicated by acute respiratory infection and asthma were found to be higher in more developed or higher density zones, as compared to other zones. Besides, air-related illnesses were significantly correlated to respondents' exposure to air pollution. The findings imply that human health can be improved by managing the urban development and its environmental quality properly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-191
Number of pages13
JournalSains Malaysiana
Volume41
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

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Air Pollution
Respiratory Tract Infections
Cardiovascular Diseases
Asthma

Keywords

  • Air quality
  • Air-related health
  • City
  • Indicators

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Urban air environmental health indicators for Kuala Lumpur city. / Leh, Oliver Ling Hoon; Ahmad, Shaharuddin; Aiyub, Kadaruddin; Mohd Jani, Yaakob; Hwa, Ting Kien.

In: Sains Malaysiana, Vol. 41, No. 2, 02.2012, p. 179-191.

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Leh, OLH, Ahmad, S, Aiyub, K, Mohd Jani, Y & Hwa, TK 2012, 'Urban air environmental health indicators for Kuala Lumpur city', Sains Malaysiana, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 179-191.
Leh, Oliver Ling Hoon ; Ahmad, Shaharuddin ; Aiyub, Kadaruddin ; Mohd Jani, Yaakob ; Hwa, Ting Kien. / Urban air environmental health indicators for Kuala Lumpur city. In: Sains Malaysiana. 2012 ; Vol. 41, No. 2. pp. 179-191.
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