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Medical investigation keeps focus on hotspot

Organisation: Chapaevsk Medical Association and partners

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Medical investigation keeps focus on hotspot

Chapaevsk, 1,000 kilometres southeast of Moscow, is defined as an “extremely polluted zone” along with 10 other Russian towns and the Chernobyl region. Chemical plants are the main source of human contamination. Dioxins, gamma-hexachlorocyclohexane (lindane) and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) pollute the air, soil and water.

Sergeyev Oleg, chairman of Chapaevsk Medical Association, has helped keep the problem on government and media agendas by making epidemiological studies and providing treatment for 200 young boys suffering abnormalities as a result of exposure to chemicals.

Dr Oleg provides feedback on his findings at meetings of the Eco-Club attended by members of the local community. He also provides dietary advice for those growing their crops and raising cattle and chicken on contaminated land, and fishing in a chemically polluted river. His work and advice is often featured in the media. His efforts also provide local government with the arguments they need to help keep up pressure for continued work on the construction of a children’s hospital in Chapaevsk.

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