GoGoNews: Children living in Bayankhoshuu has the highest blood levels of lead

G.Odgarav

2017-02-08 12:57 GMT+8

GoGo News Agency is appealing all media organizations to join their forces against air pollution. 

According to the WHO air quality guidelines, air pollution is safe if amount of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in air is not higher than 25 microns but it is hazardous if particles amount is higher than 500 microns. However an average levels of PM2.5 particulates reach 1000 micrograms per cubic meter in Bayankhoshuu, Zuun ail and Denjiin 1000 in winter. 

GoGo News Agency has observed the effects of air pollution on children`s health, conducting blood lead test on 15 children aged 7-10 years, living in 5 different areas near BayankhoshuuDa Khuree (Technical market)Narantuul market, city center and Zaisan for more than 2 years. 

The maximum lead level found in children was 22 mcg/dL. 

Test results were as follows:

  • Child living in Bayankhoshuu: 15,9-22,6 mcg/dL,
  • Child living in Da Khuree (Technical market): 5,7-10 mcg/dL
  • Child living in city center: 4,2-8 mcg/dL
  • Child living in Narantuul market: 4-4,3 mcg/dL
  • Child living in Zaisan: 0 mcg/dL. 

Lead can harm a child’s both physical and mental growth, behavior, ability to learn, kidney and hearing. 

Air pollution is the major factor, resulting high blood lead level in children. Also it is affected by many other factors including paint, toys, water, canned food, dust and soil containing lead, jewelry, plastic food container and petrol.

In regards, we are submitting following proposal to the Prime Minister J.Erdenebat Health Minister A.Tsogtsetseg. 

  • Conduct bio-monitoring sample survey of toxic heavy metals in the human body nationwide. Knowing their children`s blood lead level, parents will be able to take an appropriate action to reduce the level. 
  • Conduct survey and analysis nationwide to identify the sources of lead poisoning. As a result, well-informed citizens will eliminate the source of lead poisoning.
  • Establish lead inspection and surveillance system. Health care organizations to take systematic measures to reduce lead poisoning. Also, it will include prevention of chronic poisoning and treatment to neutralize the poison. 

We will publish the detailed test results as series and we will continue to investigate the risk factors causing lead poisoning. We are pleased to work with media and professional organizations. 

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