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Experts say that the government should take initiative to prevent the risk of lead in children

Kathmandu: It has been found that children are more affected by lead products.

It has been found that lead is more effective in children as their brains are younger. Experts have stressed that the government should take initiative to protect children from the risk of lead poisoning. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) is conducting various programs on a weekly basis on the effects and prevention of lead. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jyoti Giri, Associate Professor, Trichandra Multipurpose Campus, Lalitpur, said that lead and glitter can affect the human body as it contains a lot of colors and beauty products. 

Dr. Giri has stressed on the need to be vigilant as shiny objects affect the brains of young children and make them victims of various diseases. He said that the lead-based substances used in the land will not stop affecting the grains produced through water and soil. 

Glass is also used in mobile phone batteries, in the paint industry, in children's toys, in household wood, and in handicrafts and jewelry. It has been found that fumes, fertilizers and pesticides from industries and factories are helping to increase its impact. 

Experts have suggested that the government should allow production and market management only by setting standards as lead has not been found in the water so far and more lead has been found in the paint. According to Ramcharit Shah, executive director of the Center for Public Health and Environment Promotion (CEPHED), lead paints are used more in home paint than in other items. 

The dyes used in the Nepali market are still being produced in the same way. Shah emphasized that the government should take control of this. Shah said that the impact on people's lives and environment can be reduced only if the government representatives conduct research and set standards in the paint industry. 

Meen Prasad Aryal, director of the Nepal Telecommunication Authority, has suggested to use mobile phones only in the necessary and correct manner keeping in mind the lead content used in mobile phones as the number of mobile users has been increasing recently. 

Dr. Bhanubhakta Neupane, general secretary of the Nepal Chemical Society, said that it is necessary to study and research how much lead should be used in the beauty products used by people on a daily basis.

Rameshwor Adhikari, executive director of the Center for Applied Sciences and Technology, says it is important to set up a recycling plant and proper infrastructure to protect both humans and the environment from lead exposure. 

Former Science Minister Ganesh Shah stressed on the need to avoid the effects of such items and said that the government should make appropriate rules for that.

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