There are poisonous substances from bush burning and they can cause an increase in incidences of severe asthma, cancer and pre-mature deaths, an ecologist, Mrs Adeola Obadimu, has warned. 

Obadimu is the Head of Department of Water and Environmental Sanitation, Ife Central Local Government Area.

She told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ile-Ife on Monday that carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen, oxides of sulphur were the major pollutants of bush burning.

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She also said that bush burning could cause reduction of visibility by particular matters, while aiding air stagnation and causing respiratory diseases. 

Smoke from the bush burning could also affect a people’s eyes and cause breathing problems like bronchitis. 

Those with heart diseases are also at risk, as exposure to smoke from bush burning is very harmful to them. 

She said that the high level of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere was harmful to humans, as it could lead to the development of heart and lung diseases. 

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Obadimu, therefore, appealed to the people to desist from bush burning in order to preserve the soil nutrients and promote healthy living in the communities. 

She noted that several lives and property had been lost to bush burning, as the capacity of people to control bush fires was very limited. 

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