| Jul 12, 2017
Biomonitoring children exposition to heavy metals
Campaign #Restore Cerro de Pasco
Here a short summary about physical and mental health situation in Cerro de Pasco after Source International hair lab results interpretation.
The heavy metals concentration in children's hair in the area is quite alarming:
- 100% of children who lived in Paraghsa, the community closed to the mine, have LEAD in their hair;
- 97% of them have MANGANESE too;
- 96% report ALUMINIUM above the reference standard (*German reference standard used for this investigation);
- heavy metals concentration in children of Paraghsa is higher than children in Carhuamayo (control sample) and extremely above of the German standard.
Furthermore 34% of Paraghsa children report low concentrations of essential elements such as selenium, chromium and especially zinc, that highlights malnutrition symptom that causes an increase of toxic metals absorption.
As part of the health investigation we compared mortality, morbility and mental health of local situation with national and regional level. According to the data provided by the Hospital of Cerro de Pasco, local population report high rate of diseases related to maternal reproductive health; moreover the first cause of mortality is fetal death. These are clear evidences of how high concentrations of toxic metals are responsible for damaging the fetus, as a lot of scientific publications report.
Within Simon Bolivar district, Paraghsa is the community with the highest percentage of registered cases of diseases; furthermore it presents numerous cases of diseases of the digestive system, respiratory and numerous cases of trauma and poisoning, which leads to the relationship between human exposure to toxic contaminants and the development of specific morbilities.
In the last 4 years there was an increase of mental disorders in Paraghsa’s population, particularly in relation to family violence (87% of the population) and depression (11%). According to the literature it is known that high blood levels of mercuryand lead are the basis of many psycho-physical health problems, associated with depression, anxiety, and increased cases of suicide!
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