Thailand Faces Growing Health Crisis as Air Pollution Illnesses Rise to 10 Million in 2023

In Thailand, a significant health crisis has emerged due to deteriorating air quality, with 10 million individuals seeking treatment for pollution-related illnesses in 2023. The country experienced a drastic increase in air pollution, particularly in the northern regions, with Bangkok recording only 31 days of clean air throughout the year. Despite efforts to address the issue since it became a national agenda in 2019, data indicates worsening conditions, including a rise in the number of polluted days and hotspots, as well as a sharp increase in respiratory diseases and lung cancer cases.

  • 10 million people in Thailand treated for pollution-related illnesses in 2023.
  • Air pollution has become a seasonal issue, particularly from December to April.
  • Bangkok recorded only 31 days of unpolluted air in 2023.
  • Northern provinces like Chiang Mai are severely affected by pollution from within Thailand and neighboring countries.
  • Pollution was declared a national agenda in 2019, but recent figures show that the situation has deteriorated.
  • The number of polluted days increased from 26 in 2022 to 52 in 2023.
  • Hotspots within Thailand rose from around 50,000 in 2022 to 170,000 in 2023.
  • Patients with lung cancer and respiratory diseases increased from 900,000 in 2022 to 2.2 million in 2023.
  • Efforts to combat air pollution since 2019 have so far failed to improve conditions.

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