Peru: Presence of heavy metals in children in La Oroya & Cerro de Pasco, independent study confirms

Author: Peru Support Group, Published on: 3 October 2017

“New study confirms heavy metals in children from La Oroya and Cerro de Pasco” - 1 October 2017

A recent study by the Quebec Institute of Public Health finds alarming levels of harmful heavy metals from samples taken from children in La Oroya and Cerro de Pasco…The study was carried out in 2016 at the request of Red Muqui. It analysed the hair, blood and urine of 24 children between 3 and 15 years old. All were found to have high levels of arsenic (which is known to cause cancer); 18 (15 from Cerro de Pasco and 3 from La Oroya) had high levels of lead in their blood…Dr. Fernando Osores, who led the study, stated in an interview with EFE that “there are real health damages that the Ministry of Health doesn’t want to accept”. In a press conference organised by Red Muqui, he went further in saying that the state provides little or no information about medical evaluations that show heavy metal poisoning...

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