Strengthen public education on lead poisoning – Association des garages
Members of the Ghana National Garage Association (GNAG) in the Ashanti Region are advocating for better public education on lead poisoning to save lives.
They said most Ghanaians, especially those exposed to lead in their daily activities, might not be aware of the health risks associated with heavy metal use.
They made the call during a stakeholder meeting at the Ashanti Regional Health Branch as part of raising awareness about the dangers of lead poisoning, especially in children.
As the industry players most exposed to lead, they were invited by management to discuss how best to reduce the risk of lead poisoning as part of a lead poisoning campaign.
The campaign titled “UNICEF/GHS Communication for Development – Lead Poisoning” is funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
After being made aware of the effects of lead on the human body and how to reduce the risks, the members of the Association became aware of the extent of the problem and asked many questions in order to adopt best practices. for their safety and that of customers.
They called on management to increase public education about lead poisoning, arguing that most people were unaware of the danger posed to their health.
They promised to be campaign ambassadors when they returned to their various places of work.
Dr. Emmanuel Tinkorang, Regional Director of Health Services, stressed the need for Association members and other professionals exposed to lead poisoning to always adhere to safety measures.
He warned those who use mercury daily in mining to handle it with maximum protection to reduce the risk of absorbing it into their bodies.
The Regional Director also reminded them to take steps to protect their children from lead in their homes, as it could harm their development in various ways.
He said cracked houses and old paint on the walls as well as renovations that disturbed old lead paint could spread unseen lead dust, adding that children were the most vulnerable to such clouds of dust. .