Thursday, December 26, 2013

Cell tower radiation not harmful: Med body docs

Cell tower radiation not harmful: Med body docs

Somit Sen

Mumbai: Doctors from the Indian Medical Association-Mumbai (W) said on Tuesday that cellphone tower radiation in the city was very low and did not pose any health hazard.They were speaking at a press conference.This is in sharp contrast to the BMCs draft policy,which proposes a ban on installing such towers atop hospitals and educational institutions as it could harm people.
Activists rebuffed the doctors claims,saying it was a concerted effort to mislead public and the government.Activist Prakash Munshi said,There is a strong lobby that wants to influence the government.
However,the doctors denied allegations of being anti-citizens and said they were holding a press conference only to clarify doubts and educate citizens.
President of IMA-Mumbai (W) S K Joshi said,There is also no empirical evidence to establish that the radition causes cancer.In fact,cellphone tower radiation is lower than the frequency from radio and TV.
Another doctor,Parthiv Sanghvi,said radiation in India was ten times safer than the global norms and non-ionizing radiation doesnt lead to health damage as per WHO studies.But Munshi said there was no mechanism to conduct research,especially in Mumbai.The levels were very high in certain dense pockets,he said,pointing out that former WHO official Michael Repacholi too had claimed all was well.

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