THE World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have allayed the fear of Nigerians over the alleged health-related hazards emanating from the siting of Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) near residential areas and the use of mobile phones .
At the first West African Conference on Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Exposure and Health with the theme “Harmonizing EMF Policy, Exposure Limits and RIsk Communication in West AFrica“, organised by the Ministry of Communications Technology, NCC and ECOWAS, yesterday in Lagos, WHO’s Director, Dr. Emilie van Deventer disclosed that the global health body had spent a lot of money in the last 15 years on research but yet to get a confirmed and concrete evidence on dangers of EMF from mobile phones and BTS..
Deventer said : “Today research does not suggest any concrete evidence of adverse health effect from exposure to radio frequency field at levels below those that cause tissue heating. “Research has not been able also to provide support for a causal relationship between exposure to EMF and self- reported system.” She explained that governments must come up with clear roles and responsibilities, adding that there was need for Nigeria to adopt and comply with international standards.
According to the Minister of Health, Prof. C.O Onyebuchi, research findings have been mixed. While some people documented a possible association between living close to high tension cables and cancer of the blood and leukemia in children, others say there is no association because there is limited evidence to support that.