GAAS Educates Ghanaians On Obsolete Chemicals


The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) has held its 2013 inaugural lecture to educate the public on the dangers that expired chemicals pose to human health.

The event that saw different people from different portfolios revealed that obsolete chemicals are archaic chemical substances that are not used.

The lecture further showed that 97 percent of these chemicals are imported into the country for agricultural, industrial, health and domestic purposes whiles 3 percent is locally manufactured.
Among these chemicals are non-crude oil, polymers of ethylene, and nitrogenous fertilizers, and antibiotic sulfates, polymers of vinyl chloride, hydrogen peroxide and enzymes.

Speaking to journalists at the event, the president of Pentecost University College, James Hawkins Ephraim said that there are strict laws governing the sale of expired chemicals but their implementations are ineffective.

He said the use of formalin in fish preservation is dangerous to human health and those engaging in such acts must stop.

On his part, the president of GAAS thanked the organizers of the programme for creating a platform to educate Ghanaians on the possible dangers that obsolete chemicals pose on human health.



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