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Health risks of working near high voltage transformers revealed

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Health risks of working near high voltage transformers revealed

A man sits comfortably next to a transformer oblivious of the repurcussions of such an action

A man sits comfortably next to a transformer oblivious of the repercussions of such an action

A number of people in and around Kampala work nearby high voltage transformers. Many of them, it is presumed don’t understand the risks associated with the high voltage power, while others simply ignore the apparent signs such as heat that is emitted by the transformers, and they simply go about their businesses as if it were normal.

A number of scientific studies done have concluded that living or working near transformers or high-voltage power carries a significant health from what is referred to as Electromagnetic Fields which is a form of radiation

Studies suggest that electromagnetic fields, especially the type that comes from sitting and working near high-voltage power, has been linked to Leukemia, and that children are at greater risk than adults.

Neurological Problems

The World Health Organization cautions that those who live within a mile of a high voltage transformer could develop neurological disorders. Exposure to electromagnetic field waves, even weak ones, can impair the brain’s chemical balance and ability of the immune system to fight disease. According to a study titled: The Effect of the Electromagnetic Radiation from High Voltage Transformers on Students Health in Hebron District, in Israel.

Another study  by  Carl  Blackman  has  shown  that  weak  electromagnetic  fields release  calcium  ions  from  cell membranes (Blackman et al, 1982).

David  and his group in  1993 showed that  the electric utility workers  with  the  highest  exposures  to  electromagnetic  field radiation  died  from  brain  cancer  at  2.5  times  the  rate  of workers with the lowest exposure (Philip Heying, 1995).

A study in France showed an increase in incidence of tiredness among  people living  within 300m,  from the  base  station, of headache, sleep disturbance,  discomfort, within 200m, and of irritability, depression, dizziness, loss of memory, within 100m.

Women were found to complain significantly more often than men  of  nausea,  headache,  and  loss  of  appetite,  sleep disturbance,  depression,  discomfort  and  visual  perturbations (Santini et al, 2002).

Electricity  studies of  workers exposed  to  strong  electric and magnetic fields (60 Hz) from power lines provide no consistent evidence that these fields are damaging to DNA or that they are capable of causing mutations or cancer (Zamanian et al, 2005).

Living  near  mobile  phone  base  stations  are  also  at  risk  for developing  neuropsychiatric  problems  as  headache,  tingling, nausea,  alter  reflexes,  tremors,  muscle  spasms,  numbness, memory loss, dizziness, muscle and joint paint, leg/foot pain, depression, and sleep disturbance (Abdel-Rassoul et al, 2006).

Exposure  to  electromagnetic  fields  has  shown  to  be  in connection with Alzheimer’s disease, motor neuron disease and Parkinson’s disease (WHO, 2007).

Scientists in Russia had done studies on EMF for decades, and  reported that electric fields cause high blood pressure, changes in white and red blood cell counts, immune system dysfunction, chronic  stress  effects,  increased  metabolism,  chronic  fatigue  disorders, and headaches (Havas, 2008).

A study  in Iran about  the effect of  electromagnetic radiation from high voltage transmission lines showed that living under these transmission lines was considered to be more risky region

 

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