Mga eksperto, muling nagpaalala sa publiko sa masamang epekto ng lead sa katawan ng tao

admin   •   October 20, 2014   •   7082

Lead bricks being used to shield a radioactive sample (Cs-137). Taken by L. Chang, 3-17-2004. (WIKIPEDIA)

MANILA, Philippines – Kaalinsabay ng pagdiriwang ng International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week ay muling nagpaalala ang mga dalubhasa sa publiko lalo na sa mga magulang sa masamang epekto ng lead o tingga sa kalusugan ng tao.

Ayon sa World Health Organization (WHO), kada taon ay nadadagdagan ng 600-libong bagong kaso ng lead poisoning sa buong mundo.

Nagreresulta ito ng intellectual disabilities na nagiging sanhi ng kamatayan kung hindi maaagapan.

Isa sa pangunahing epekto ng lead sa isang bata ay ang pagbaba ng kanilang Intelligence Quotient o IQ.

Ayon kay Dr. Cristina Agbayani, oras na makain ng bata ang isang bagay na may mataas na lead content ay napipinsala nito ang utak nito.

Bumabagal rin ang paglaki ng mga buto, nagkakaroon ng problema sa panding at mental retardation.

“Pwede sya maging sanhi ng seizure o pagkukumbulsyon, pangingisay. Sa mga bata naman po na nasa sinapupunan nagkakaroon po ng abnormalities sa mga buntis. Pwede rin pag inilabas naman ang bata pwedeng ma-contaminate ng lead pwede sila magkaroon ng problema sa IQ o mahirap ang kanilang learning ability,” paliwanag ni Dr. Agbayani.

Bunsod nito, isang programa ang isinagawa ng Ecowaste Coalition upang mamulat ang mga magulang at publiko sa panganib na dulot ng lead.

Ayon kay Ecowaste Coalition Communication Officer Jeiel Guarino, dapat maging maingat ang publiko lalo na ang mga magulang sa pagbili ng produkto lalo na kung para sa mga bata.

Dapat ding iwasan ang mga laruang may matiitngkad na kulay lalo na kung walang proper labeling.

“Sa toys, kapag laging basa ang kamay posibleng nagfa-fade yung color napupunta sa kamay at pag isinubo ng bata posibleng maging ground of exposure,” paalala ni Guarino. (Grace Casin / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

EcoWaste coalition calls for zero waste Undas

Robie de Guzman   •   November 1, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – An environmental group has urged the public not to litter or leave their trash behind when they visit cemeteries in line with the Catholic community’s observance of Undas this Nov. 1 and 2.

The EcoWaste Coalition made the call, in support of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso’s appeal to keep two of Metro Manila’s biggest and busiest cemeteries garbage-free during Undas.

The group said visitors should show more respect and refrain from committing polluting acts such throwing garbage indiscriminately, open burning, smoking and vaping, urinating and even defecating in public.

“We appeal to everyone not to leave your rubbish in the cemetery. It’s not OK to leave the cemetery in a mess. As should be expected, you have to pick up after yourself and not pass on the burden of cleaning up your own mess to others,” Jove Benosa, a zero waste Campaigner of EcoWaste Coalition said in a statement.

The group also reminded the public to refrain from bringing things wrapped in plastic and to pick clean-burning candles instead of those with poisonous lead-cored wicks.

They also urged the public to pack meals and drinks in reusable containers and avoid single-use plastics, bring just enough food to avoid spoilage or wastage, and to bring home all their discards and leftover food.

The group also reminded visitors not to smoke or vape in the cemetery.

Citing a report from the Manila Department of Public Services, the EcoWaste Coalition said 35 truckloads of garbage from Manila North Cemetery, and 26 truckloads from Manila South Cemetery were collected from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 last year.

“With the cooperation of all sectors, including the local authorities, cemetery administrators, food concessionaires, street vendors, and the general public, we can reduce the volume of Undas trash and avoid another garbage overload in our jam-packed cemeteries,” the group said.

Health, environmental advocates urge not to burn trash in cemeteries

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 28, 2019

Health and environmental advocates urge the public not to burn trash especially in cemeteries during the observance of Undas.

In a joint statement, public health expert Dr. Maricar Limpin and zero waste campaigner Jove Mendoza said there are health and environmental dangers in burning trash.

Exposure to these pollutants can cause breathing difficulties and trigger asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses, especially among children, the elderly and those already suffering from weakened immune systems,” Limpin said.

Meanwhile, Benosa reiterated that burning trash in public is prohibited. He said among the laws banning and penalizing open burning are Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, and Republic Act 8749, or the Clean Air Act.

“Instead of burning discards, we appeal to cemetery administrators and visitors to follow the provisions of RA 9003, which requires the segregation of discards at source and their ecological management such as by composting the biodegradables and recycling the recyclables,” said Benosa.—AAC

EcoWaste: Hazardous levels of lead discovered in public playgrounds across PHL

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 24, 2019

The EcoWaste Coalition has raised concerns over the dangerous amount of lead found in several playground equipment in the country.

Based on the report of the eco-group, 50 out of 55 play equipment have total lead concentrations above 90 parts per million (ppm) which is the limit set by the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Their report also added that around 42 lead-coated playground equipment have dangerously high lead levels above 10,000 ppm.

Chemical Safety Campaigner of EcoWaste Coalition Thony Dizon has raised the dangers of the lead-coated playground equipment.

“The paint will deteriorate with repeated use and exposure to sun and rain. This will cause the paint to peel and get into the dust and soil, which can be ingested by children through common hand-to-mouth behavior,” he said.

EcoWaste is also supporting United Nations’ campaign, the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action which is observed from October 20-26.—AAC

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