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Post by RamblerNash on Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:07 pm

Medical City prominent accused .. Millions of Iraqis drink water contaminated with cancer

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2019/10/13 02:36:30
A video investigation revealed that millions of Iraqis in Baghdad drank unsafe drinking water and unveiled the volume of pollutants pumped daily by government installations in the Tigris River.

Al Jazeera Net website said on Sunday that the pictorial investigation it carried out was based on documents and laboratory analysis of samples of the Tigris water and the pursuit of damages caused by pollution of the river, which contributed to the high rates of diseases caused by contaminated water and infected Iraqis with infectious skin diseases.

The site quoted researchers as saying that water pollution is defined as "the addition of any chemical element that changes the nature of the water," and they have proved the presence of chemical pollutants in the water produced by the Municipality of Baghdad and distributed to the population.

Lead in water

Reference was made to the results of the Iraqi laboratories that analyzed the samples, and the latter reported that the proportion of lead in the samples tested from the city of medicine, is ten times the amount allowed by the World Health Organization, note that lead is the first cause of cancer.

According to the investigation, laboratory results showed that dozens of huge pipes pour into the Tigris on a daily basis, carrying untreated waste to hospitals, laboratories and factories.

The investigation presented a list - based on the Iraqi Ministry of Environment - of the official bodies that dump their waste in the river, namely:

Ministry of Construction and Housing by 4 million cubic meters.

Ministry of Electricity by 2.5 million cubic meters.

Municipality of Baghdad by 1.4 million cubic meters.

Ministry of Health by 80 thousand cubic meters.

Ministry of Oil by 23 thousand cubic meters.

Ministry of Industry and Minerals by 9 million cubic meters.

The medical city in central Baghdad, which houses many hospitals and clinics, contributes significantly to this pollution.

Diseases due to contaminated water

The head of the Department of Environment at the University of Karkh, Dr. Ibrahim al-Sudani: «Imagine that a hospital shed blood, bacterial insulators, and human waste should have gone to special treatments. "This could amount to a criminal act, to dump hospital water (into the river) without treatment."

"The presence of lead and nickel elements were high," Ibrahim said. "We are certain that if we test for other elements, some elements will appear high. Lead and even nickel if accumulation causes cancers."

Al Jazeera website said it received correspondence between the Ministry of Health and the Baghdad Municipality, which is responsible for providing drinking water to the residents of the Iraqi capital, including the results of analyzes of water samples taken in the first half of 2019.

The correspondence contained warnings about the spread of waterborne diseases due to high failure rates in biologically, chemical and physical samples.

The Iraqi law suffers from imposing fines that are deemed by lawmakers as non-deterrent and do not protect water sources.

The investigation presented a case of a child named Sajjad, a victim of drinking contaminated water, where a rash appeared to cover most of his body skin.

"We consulted a doctor or two, and attributed the reason to water pollution," said uncle Rachid Rahim. .

Protests against the government

Iraq witnessed massive protests in early October 2019, which began from the capital Baghdad to demand better services and job opportunities and fight corruption, before spreading to the southern provinces, and continue for a week.

During the protests, about 120 people were killed, including a number of security personnel, in addition to the injury of more than 6,000 others.

Later, the demonstrators raised the ceiling of their demands and called for the resignation of the government after the security forces resorted to violence, while the government issued a package of reform decisions in an effort to calm the protesters and meet their demands, including the granting of salaries to the unemployed and poor families, and to provide additional jobs and fight corruption and others.


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