|The local authorities also should support the people in replacing the affected soil as well as supply them with clean water. — Photo vtv
HUNG YEN (VNS) — Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said 13 households involved in the recycling of lead should be shifted out of the northern Hung Yen Province's Dong Mai craft village immediately.
Long made the request after he inspected and discussed with the local authorities solutions to save children who had lead poisoning.
Long said although the local authorised agencies had taken several measures to improve the environment, the lead pollution was still serious.
The 13 households involved in lead recycling were continuing to poison their family members and the community, Long said.
The local authorities also should support the people in replacing the affected soil as well as supply them with clean water.
The villagers were asked not to eat vegetables and meat originating from the affected areas.
The deputy minister has also asked the health ministry and the environment management department to quickly submit the results of the blood tests of 618 local people to the local government, so that the detoxification of the poisoned persons, especially children and women of reproductive age, can be carried out.
About 207 poisoned children will be treated in Bach Mai Hospital and Hung Yen General Hospital.
The Hung Yen authority has been asked to further check and monitor the lead recycling workshops in Dong Mai Village's industrial production area, in order to protect people's health.
The authority has been asked to spread awareness about the dangers of lead poisoning to help people protect themselves.
The Hung Yen People's Committee has committed to shifting the households involved in lead recycling from the residential areas.
So far, the province has given VND50 million (US$2,500) for helping the technical process of collecting and treating gas and dust arising from lead furnaces.
The province has also offered financial assistance towards building lead-detox bathrooms for the workers involved in the recycling of lead. — VNS