Study of Air Quality Health Index and its Application in Seven Cities of Iran in 2011

Majid Kermani, Mohsen Dowlati, Sevda Fallah Jokandan, Mina Aghaei, Farshad Asl, Sima Karimzadeh, Associate
2017 Arak Medical University Journal (AMUJ)   unpublished
Poor air quality has a lot of damage on the environment and humans. Awareness of the air quality situation reduces health effects of air pollution. This study was performed with the aim of the comparative investigation of Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) and its application in seven major cities of Iran in 2011. Materials and Methods: This study was a descriptive-analytic one. First, the required data of four criteria pollutants were taken from Department of Environment in seven major cities of
more » ... ran. The data were validated by the World Health Organization criteria. The air quality health index was measured based on the instructions and classified into low, medium, high and very high degrees according to the air quality standard tables. Results: The results demonstrate that according to air quality health index, the level of air pollution in seven major cities of Iran has been undesirable and air quality has exceeded the standard level in Ahvaz 85%, Arak73%, Tehran70%, Esfahan60%, Shiraz 47%, Tabriz 43% and, Mashhad 29% of days. Conclusion: Due to poor air quality and health consequences resulting from it, importance of Air Quality Health Index is explored in planning to control and reduce air pollution and awareness of peoples from daily status of air quality and its health effects.