Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Friday, August 7, 2020 06:25:53 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Lead exposure

Bangladesh 4th worst-hit in terms of affected children

By
31st-Jul-2020       
Share
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Save
  • E-mail
  • Print
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

UNB, Dhaka :
Bangladesh is the fourth most-seriously hit in terms of the number of children affected by lead poisoning on a massive and previously unknown scale in the world, according to a new global report.
The report, the first of its kind, says that around 1 in 3 children - up to 800 million globally - have blood lead levels at or above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), a level which requires action.
Nearly half of these children live in South Asia. In Bangladesh, it is estimated that 35.5 million children are affected with blood lead levels above 5 µg/dL, making the country the fourth most-seriously hit in the world, according to the report launched by UNICEF and Pure Earth.
"Lead exposure has severe and long-lasting health and development impacts on children, including lifelong learning disabilities and their capacity to earn income when they grow up. UNICEF will be working with the concerned actors to help address dangerous metal waste and lead pollution and the toll it takes on children," said Tomoo Hozumi, Unicef Representative in Bangladesh.
The report-The Toxic Truth: Children's exposure to lead pollution undermines a generation of potential-is an analysis of childhood lead exposure undertaken by the Institute of Health Metrics Evaluation and verified with a study approved for publication in Environmental Health Perspectives.
In Bangladesh, illegal recycling of used lead-acid batteries in the open-air and close to homestead areas is considered to be a major source of lead exposure.
This poses a significant health risk for both children and adults.
According to the Institute of Health Metrics Evaluation, Bangladesh has the world's fourth-highest rate of death due to lead exposure with an average population of blood lead levels at 6.83 µg/dL, which is the eleventh highest in the world.
The research also found that high concentrations of lead were found in spices in Bangladesh.
Lead chromate, which is used to enhance colour and weight of turmeric as a sign of quality, contributes to the elevated lead blood levels in children and adults alike.
According to one study, some concentrations exceeded the national limit by up to 500 times.
The report estimates that the economic loss due to lead-attributable IQ reduction in Bangladesh is equivalent to 5.9 per cent of the country's GDP.
EFFECTS OF LEAD POISONING ON CHILDREN
Lead poisoning hampers children's ability to fully develop and prevents them from taking the maximum advantage of the opportunities in life.
"With few early symptoms, lead silently wreaks havoc on children's health and development, with possibly fatal consequences," said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.
"Knowing how widespread lead pollution is - and understanding the destruction it causes to individual lives and communities - must inspire urgent action to protect children once and for all."
The report notes that lead is a potent neurotoxin which causes irreparable harm to children's brains.
It is particularly destructive to babies and children under the age of five as it damages their brains before they have had the opportunity to fully develop, causing them lifelong neurological, cognitive and physical impairment.
Childhood lead exposure has also been linked to mental health and behavioural problems, and to an increase of crime and violence.
Older children suffer severe consequences including increased risk of kidney damage and cardiovascular diseases in later life, the report says.
Childhood lead exposure is estimated to cost lower- and middle-income countries almost USD $1 trillion due to lost economic potential of these children over their lifetime.
SOURCES OF LEAD POSITIONING
The report notes that informal and substandard recycling of lead-acid batteries is a leading contributor to lead poisoning in children living in low and middle-income countries, which have experienced a three-fold increase in the number of vehicles since 2000.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

We mourn deaths in Beirut blast and demand proper investigation


A SERIES of small, silly mistakes, bureaucratic indifference and greed over a period of time can lead to deadly disasters of huge proportions. In Lebanon, this happened on Tuesday when a blast sent black, orange mushroom clouds high up in the air and a powerful shock wave in all directions, ...

Business & Economy »

Japanese FM in UK for post-Brexit trade talks


Japan's foreign minister on Wednesday began a three-day trip to Britain in a bid to wrap up negotiations on a post-Brexit trade agreement.Toshimitsu Motegi will meet British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and International Trade Secretary Liz Truss during his visit which will see two days of economic talks.It will be ...

International »

Pompeo offers $10m reward over election interference


AFP :Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the United States would offer a $10 million reward to arrest any state actor who interferes in the November elections.US intelligence has said that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to support Donald Trump, especially though manipulation of social media.The United States ...

Sports »

`Slim to none` - Kyrgios unlikely for French Open


Nick Kyrgios dropped a huge hint Thursday that he will skip the French Open, saying the chances of him travelling to Europe this year were "slim to none".The opinionated Australian last week pulled out of the upcoming US Open in New York due to the coronavirus pandemic, with world number ...

Football »

Manchester City sign Dutch defender Ake from Bournemouth


English Premier League side Manchester City announced on Wednesday that Dutch international Nathan Ake has signed a five-year deal with the club to the summer of 2025.The 25-year-old defender, departing from relegated Bournemouth, became City's second signing of this summer after the club completed the signing with Spaniard Ferran Torres ...

City »

Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal forms a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Thursday marking Hiroshima Day.


City »

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury hands over a book on 'Bangabandhu's Unfinished Biography' to the Chief Representative of JICA in Bangladesh Yuhohayakawa when the latter calls on him at the ministry on Thursday.


Editorial »

Set strategy to recoup education after pandemic


UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the world set to face a generational catastrophe because of school closures amid the coronavirus pandemic. The states must take appropriate action to return students to the classroom. As of mid-July schools were closed in some 160 countries, affecting more than 1 billion students, ...

International »

Trump says he will `probably` give Republican nomination speech from White House


Reuters :US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he will probably give his Republican presidential nomination speech live from the White House, although the plans have not been confirmed yet."We're thinking about it. We're thinking about doing it from the White House," he said in an interview with Fox News. ...

Health »

Kids under 5 are more prone to SARS-CoV-2


Dr. Muhammad Torequl Islam :For a long time it has been considered that children and young people are fairly safe from the risk of incidence of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infection than the others. Besides, many facts, the big reasons behind this are that since children spend most of their ...

City »

`Bangladesh Chhatra Adhikar Parishad` forms a human chain in front of the National Museum in the city on Wednesday demanding trial of former army official Major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan killing.


.

Sports »

Kirsten shares his experience in virtual meeting with Tigers


BSS, Dhaka :World Cup winning Coach Gary Kirsten shared his experience and gave some tips to the Bangladesh cricketers through a virtual meeting on Wednesday."He has worked with some big players of the cricket and he himself has vast experience on cricket. We had some questions and he answered that ...

City »

President Abdul Hamid offers Munajat after saying Eid-ul-Azha prayers at Bangabhaban Darbar Hall on Saturday.


International »

Thai protesters openly criticize monarchy


Reuters, Bangkok :Speakers at a Thai anti-government protest demanded reforms to the monarchy of King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Monday, calling for its powers to be curbed in unusually frank public comments.Defaming the monarchy is punishable by up to 15 years in prison under Thailand's 'lese majeste' laws. Police did not ...

International »

Spain puzzles over ex-King Juan Carlos's whereabouts


There is intense speculation in the Spanish media about the whereabouts of embattled ex-King Juan Carlos, after his shock announcement on Monday that he was leaving the country.The 82-year-old, who is targeted by a corruption probe, announced the move in a letter posted on the royal website.It gave no details ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news