The volume of ‘lead’ within the blood of 65 % kids of the rustic


Lalitpur, Nov. 28: Lead has been found in the blood of 65 percent children of the country. Experts at a workshop organized by the Center for Public Health and Environment Promotion in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Population and the World Health Organization (WHO) on the occasion of the Ninth International Awareness Week on Lead Prevention Week 2021 He said that more than that was found in the bodies of children in Nepal.

As the amount of lead applied in the walls and furniture of houses, schools and hospitals is sufficient, it has been emphasized on the need to increase public awareness and capacity to solve and reduce the problems caused by it in the health and environment. Dr Khurshid Alam Heather, public health adviser at the WAO’s Nepal office, said there should be widespread publicity about the lead standards set by the government seven years ago. He requested the concerned agencies to take care of the lead used in dyes in the context of increasing non-communicable diseases in the country.

On the occasion, Executive Director of the Center and Environmental Scientist Ram Charitra Sah stressed on the need to manage the physical, mental and intellectual development of children as lead has a direct impact on them. He also urged the government to use the binding standard of lead in paints published in the Gazette on December 22, 2071 BS up to 90 ppm. According to him, lead also affects the human heart, nervous system and reproductive system. Sah claimed that if the amount of lead in the body of a child is too much, it will make him smile.

On the occasion, occupational health and safety expert Khagendra Basnet suggested treatment if more than 10 micrograms of lead was found in the body. Dr. Sunil Kumar Joshi, Head of the Department of Community Medicine, Kathmandu Medical College, said that the lead used in batteries and paints can affect a person’s stomach, head and bones.

Arvind Singh, chief manager of Fashion Paints Udyog Hetauda, ​​said that the lead found in the study was less than the PPM specified in the study. Dhananjay Poudel, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Forest and Environment, pointed out the need to provide information not only to the central government but also to the local and non-governmental organizations and communities and tolls on how to avoid the negative impact of lead in paints.

Stakeholders collected samples of 37 paints industries from the same province and studied 62 different colored enamels and 21 different colored spray paints. The lead content in the paint was supposed to be up to 90 ppm, but in some it was 22,850, or 254 times higher than the standard.रासस / File Photo





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