AFRICA’S most expensive toxic chemical, tetraethyl lead, is now being sold in a new category.
It’s part of a trend to create new products with higher toxicity than the original ones.
But the problem has been magnified in Africa because of the prevalence of asbestos in the homes of some people.
The International Centre for the Study of Cancer (ICSC) has found the country has the second-highest proportion of people living with asbestos, after China, at 15.5%.
“It’s been a huge issue in Africa,” said Prof Stephen Grosvenor, the ICSC’s chief medical officer.
“And it’s a big problem in the developing world too, where asbestos is the major form of fibrous fibres that are used in building.”
We know that people are living with this asbestos in much higher quantities than they have ever been before.
“Prof Grosvelor says the use of asbestos for building materials has grown rapidly in recent years, and that’s putting at risk the health of those living with it.”
If we’re going to put people at risk, we’re also going to be putting the health and the environment at risk,” he said.”
So, you can’t just blame the Chinese for the problem, you have to take into account the risk of asbestos.
“Ethiopia has been the most affected region of the world.
In 2016, the country reported more than 1,500 deaths related to asbestos exposure.”
He says a growing number of companies are using asbestos-containing products in the same way as in China.””
And we’ve been able to demonstrate that it is not a new substance.”
He says a growing number of companies are using asbestos-containing products in the same way as in China.
“The problem is we have the biggest number of people with asbestos and the highest concentration of people,” he explained.
“When we look at China, they have about 100 million people, but they have around 10 million people with exposure to asbestos.”
Ethiopian people have been exposed to this compound, which is why they have the highest proportion of their population having an increased risk of developing a range of chronic diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
“The use of the product has increased in some countries.
Ethiopians are not the only people to be exposed to asbestos-based products.
In South Africa, the Ministry of Health says asbestos was used in products sold in stores.
And in Nigeria, it was used to make insulation for the roofs of homes.
The company behind the product, Hitachi Chemical Industries, has confirmed that asbestos is used in its products.”
There are asbestos products that we have in the country that are also sold by the company,” a spokesperson told the BBC.”
Asbestos products are manufactured using the same methodologies as those used for other types of products.
We would like to reiterate that this is not true and is not what we believe.
“Prof Tom Brown from the University of Canterbury, who has researched asbestos, says there are significant health risks associated with the use.”
It can have very serious effects on the lungs, as well as having a very long lasting effect on the immune system,” he told the ABC.”
I’m quite sceptical that it’s any good for the environment and that it does any harm.”‘
This is not the world we want’In 2016 the UN Environment Programme called for governments to ban the use and production of asbestos products.
But in a report published this week, it called on governments to act.”
This class of product is much more toxic than the rest of the market.””
This is a new class of products where the concentration of asbestos is in higher proportions than it’s ever been in the history of the asbestos industry.”
This class of product is much more toxic than the rest of the market.
“He said the problem could be even worse in other developing countries, where the same problem is occurring.”
In countries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, where this is widespread, the prevalence is so high that there’s an increased likelihood that the prevalence will be even higher,” he added.
Prof Brown is now working with the International Association of Occupational Therapists (IATA), the UN’s global body for occupational health and safety, to find solutions to the problem.”
To me, it’s really important that we keep in mind the fact that the world’s asbestos production is being used in many countries around the world,” he says.”
But it’s also important that it doesn’t just go unnoticed and not be a cause of concern.