“Smell of smo­ke must be in­ves­ti­ga­ted”

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

“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.

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