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Give your child the gift of health in this Diwali, “Say no to Lead Paints”

IT News
New  Delhi,  Nov 6,

 Coinciding  with  the  festive  season  in  India,  Governments, paint  industries  and  environmentalists  across  the  globe  are  also  getting  together  this  week (October  21-27,  2018)  for  the  International  Lead  Poisoning  Prevention  Week  of  Action calling for protection for the children aged 0-9 years old.
The World Health Organization lists lead exposure as one of the top ten environmental health threats globally.  Lead paint, a  major source of childhood lead exposure, can cause permanent and irreversible brain damage in children. Lead exposure, from all sources, is also responsible for a higher percentage of adult mortality than previously thought. In alignment with the global actions  to  eliminate  lead  from  paints,  India  has  adopted  the  Regulation  of  Lead  Contents  in Household and decorative Paint Rules in 2016.

Toxics  Link, a Delhi  based NGO released Lead in Paints report, 2018 to mark the occasion of  Lead  Poisoning  Prevention  Week  of  Action,  2018  (ILPPWA).  Institute of Social Research and Development, a partner organization of Toxics Link conducted paint sampling and survey for  this  report.  Two  samples  collected  from  Manipur,  Micolite  and  Poinolac  both manufactured  in  January  2018  contained  highest  concentration  of  lead  i.e.  81224  ppm  and 5432  ppm respectively which is quite above the prescribed standard of 90 ppm.  
The  survey  depicted  low  awareness  levels  in  the  state  with  only  5%  of  the  consumer respondents  being  aware  about  the  presence  of  lead  in  household  paints.  Similar levels of awareness were also reported in the retailer survey.
“The Government should take initiatives in enforcing the rules and push for raising awareness  among the stakeholders to eliminate lead from paints in the country completely considering its  impact  on  human  health  especially  children’s  health.  After  all,  health  is  wealth  and  nothing matters  more  than  the  well-being  of  your  loved  ones,”  stated  Piyush  Mohapatra,  Senior Program Coordinator, Toxics Link.  
“It  is  unfortunate  to  know  that  Lead  is  still  being  found  in  such  high  concentration  in  paint samples being sold in our area. There is an immediate need of improving the compliance of the regulations  and public awareness to deal  with the  issue” stated Ksh. Dinesh Singh, Secretary, Institute of Social Research and Development (ISRD).

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