GoGo News Agency has observed the effects of air pollution on children`s health and conducted blood lead test on 15 children aged 7-10 years, living in 5 different areas of Ulaanbaatar city for more than 2 years, such as Bayankhoshuu, Da Khuree (Technical market), Narantuul market, city center and Zaisan.
Test results were as follows:
The maximum lead level found in child lives in Bayankhoshuu, Songinokhairkhan district, the most polluted area of the city where levels of PM2.5 particulates reach 1000-2500 micrograms per cubic meter in winter.
Songinokhairkhan district covers total of 1200,6 km2 areas and has 82,895 households. However only one-fourth of the households are living in apartment.
Households living in ger district burn raw coal to survive harsh winter which resulting hazardous levels of air pollution almost everyday throghout the winter. Scientists reveal that ash from a coal contains lead.
According to the study conducted on 2005, if we consider that annual coal consumption of Ulaanbaatar city amounts 5 million tons, 309 tons of lead is estimated to be released per year.
Thus 48 thousand children living in Songinokhairkhan district are at the highest risk of lead poisoning.
To be continued...
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