Lead poisoning is type of metal poisoning caused by lead build up in the body usually over months or years and this is very dangerous to the development of the brain because it could destroy its development. It can also lead to anaemia and affect the entire growth of a child.
According to a research conducted, about 1 out of 3 children globally has blood lead levels. This is because more children are being exposed to lead poisoning due to the burning of waste, use of lead products and canned foods.
In other surveys conducted in 5 countries including Ghana, it showed that lead was found in the breastmilk of some Ghanaian women.
The UN service fund is supporting the Ghana health service to sensitise the public on the dangers of lead poisoning. Some municipalities have been selected in the Ashanti Region to draw attention to the harmful effects of lead to the human body, with the ultimate goal of reducing its exposure to humans.
As part of strategies to reach out to beneficiaries in the selected municipalities, the Regional Health Directorate has held a training in Kumasi for health promotion officers, community health nurses, environmental health officers and the media.
The Campaign is being implemented in the Kumasi Metro, Afigya Kwabre South, Suame, Asokore Mampong, Old Tafo and Asokwa municipalities which have been identified as areas where activities involving the use of lead in the region are rampant.
According to the Deputy Regional Director of Public Health, Dr Michael Rockson Adjei, lead poisoning causes low IQ in children and behavioral problems. It can also cause one to exhibit violent characters. A lot of armed robbers have underlined conditions of lead poisoning.
It can also affect the reproductive system in adults. It can reduce sperm production in men and also interferes with ovulation in women. Other women can also suffer child bearing issues as a result, he added.
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