Action against mobile phone health hazard called for
There has been a growing concern among experts about the adverse impact of emission by mobile phones and mobile network towers on public health in recent times. Other than posing threat to biodiversity, the electromagnetic radiation of such technological devices is believed to be a source of insomnia, infertility, headache, heart diseases, brain tumour, blood cancer, etc. Regrettably, however, the government still appears reluctant at addressing the concern. Worse still, even after the High Court issued an order on October 30, 2012 to set up an expert committee in seven days to assess the health hazards due to such radiation, the government has reportedly made little progress in this regard thus far. Also, it failed to heed the World Health Organisation that laid down some guidelines on installation of mobile towers.
Encouragingly, conscious sections of society appear to have come forward to raise their voice in this regard. As New Age reported on Sunday, Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan organised a seminar on the issue at Reporters’ Unity auditorium in the capital Dhaka on Saturday where a number of environmental activists and physicians urged the government to seriously deal with the problem without any delay. Besides, they also raised the demand for setting up an expert committee to examine the prevailing concerns.
With the number of mobile phone users increasing exponentially Bangladesh has already proved to be a vibrant market for telecommunication business. A number of multinational companies have been doing business here for more than a decade. Undoubtedly, they continue to significantly contribute to the national exchequer on the one hand and provide employment to millions of people directly and indirectly around the country on the other. But, unfortunately, in the absence of any government guidelines, the companies continue to set up mobile towers in different areas, apparently without giving much thought to public health. Other than causing environmental hazards, they may also be contributing to another growing concern relating to sharp decline in farmland. Overall, the government needs to streamline the cell phone operators, especially when it concerns installing mobile towers. Above all, it immediately needs to launch a mass awareness campaign about health hazards caused by cell phones.
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