Scholars and environmentalists raised many times the signal alarm about hard ecological situation in Lori and Syunik Regions. EcoLur has sent a request to Health Minister Harutyun Qushkyan to react to this situation. The request particularly says:
“Director of the Center for Ecological Noosphere Studies of NAS RA Armen Saghatelyan publicly stated that the genofond of the nation is at stake: In Alaverdi, in the soil of Neghots and Qarkop Villages ultrahigh content of heavy metals have been detected in the grown vegetables and forest fruits, including toxic elements, such as mercury, cadmium and arsenic which are oncogene and pose great danger for the health of the population. The samples of the soil from Alaverdi contain copper, zinc and arsenic in higher concentrations that the maximum permissible concentration.”
The same situation is in Syunik Region. According to Armen Saghatelyan, there are no agricultural products in orchards - fruit, vegetables, greens which were not intoxicated with toxic elements such as cadmium, arsenic and mercury. Saghatelyan is sure there will be no healthy children born in Syunik after two generations.
Dear Mr. Minister, we would like to ask you to inform what kind of measures Health Ministry takes to reveal the risks for people’s health who live in ecologically polluted zones in Lori and Syunik.”
-Whether the Ministry is informed about the results of studies conducted by the Center for Ecological Noosphere Studies of NAS RA in Qajaran, Kapan, Alaverdi, Akhtala and adjacent communities?
-Whether the Health Ministry conducts its own studies about the health of the population who live in ecologically hot spots?
-We would like to ask to present data about the dynamics of change in the indicator for cancer diseases for the population in Lori and Syunik regions.
-What kind of measures Health Ministry takes in Lori and Syunik Regions so as to prevent the negative impact of mining industry on people’s health?”
15:07 June 29, 2011