“Smell of smoke must be investigated”
“When is smoke is released for a long period in case of an environment disaster one must first determine which toxic gases have been released. This information is essential to doctors so that they can know exactly which toxic gases the residents in the surrounding areas have inhaled and which treatment would be best for them,” said Radjendra Ramautar, chairman of the Association of RGD Physicians (VRA), in response to the environment disaster at Ornamibo and the Ringweg. Ramautar pointed out whenever there is an environment disaster experts from various agencies must first launch an investigation to find out precisely which toxic gases were released.
Take for example the Ornamibo Garbage Dump where household rubbish and other waste is dumped on a daily basis. People do not know which toxic gases are released in case of a fire. After the toxic gases have been analyzed doctors could know what kind of health problems the residents who live in the vicinity of the epicenter and what treatment would be best for them.
The chairman also pointed out at inhaling the smell of smoke for a long period of time could affect the lungs. He added that it could lead to lung cancer. He acknowledged that during the environment disaster at Ornamibo many patients at the clinic at Latour complained about having shortness of breath, feeling dizzy and having a headache. The smell of smoke often contains toxic gases that could be made up of various chemicals. He added that swift action could prevent things from getting worse.
Ramautar made it clear that people must not underestimate environment disasters, especially when one wants to protect the public health. He also added that “they must not wait until the next environment disaster before deciding to examine the toxic gases.