KAMPALA, Sept. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- Uganda has continued
to use globally outlawed chemicals that endanger humans and the environment,
local press cited a report as saying on Monday.
The state-owned newspaper The New Vision said experts had detected deadly chemicals in water collected from Lake
Victoria, the country's largest water body.
"A number of banned agro chlorinated pesticides such
as DDT, endosulfan, dieldrin and lindane were detected in the air showing that
they may be in use," the report said.
These chemicals, also known as persistent organic
pollutants (POP), are listed under the Stockholm Convention as the dirty dozen
because they persist in the environment and threaten human health.
Patrick Kamanda, an environment inspector from
Uganda's National Environment Management Authority, was quoted as saying that
global concern had been raised because POPs move far from the point of
Kamanda noted that the government in conjunction with
the United Nations Environment Program were taking measures to eliminate or
reduce the release of POPs into the environment.
According to the report, some of the chemicals are
smuggled into Uganda while others are disguised under pseudo names.
"Many restricted chemicals are being used by
untrained persons while adulteration is common," the report was quoted as
Some experts have blamed these chemicals such as DDT
for causing cancer. Enditem