Deputy Director-General of the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention Nune Bakunts mentions there is no developed methodology available, which will prove the linkage between mining and disease generation.
"We should understand the impact of mining on health is not unequivocal. Worldwide the cause of cancer diseases hasn't been explained, we need methodology and many data on the environment: the methodology is currently being developed," Nune Bakunts said at the discussion organized by Transparency International Teghout Disaster: Which Is The Solution?
Referring to the health risks of Teghout copper and molybdenum mining project, Nune Bakunts said there are not data. A Teghout resident present at the discussions noted there were initial health studies carried out in the communities before the launch of the mining project so as to detect later whether or not there is dynamics of increase in diseases.
Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment NGO President Elena Manvelyan reminded that Armenia is the leader in cancer morbidity among 172 countries in line with the global statistics. Head of AUA Acopian Center for the Environment Alen Amirkhanyan reminded the studies carried out by AUA with a high level of lead detected in the children's blood in Alaverdi and Akhtala communities in Lori Region. Association For Sustainable Human Development NGO President Karine Danielyan spoke about the UNICEF-funded project, which results showed that the riskiest mining zones in Armenia are Lori and Syunik.
EcoLur Informational NGO President Inga Zarafyan mentioned that all the health data should available for the public. "Healthcare is not only treating patients, it's a business here in Armenia. Healthcare is also measures taken for disease prevention and the information in this sector must be open," Zarafyan claims.
"Health Ministry must play a great ole and we should attempt to bring the ministry into the cooperation field and not blame it. We need to draw an objective image," said UNDP Sustainable Growth and Resilience Portfolio Manager Armen Martirosyan.