Of late, the issue of health hazard arising from the use of mobile phones has taken the centre stage in public discourse.
The Minister of Communication Technology, Dr. (Mrs.)
Recalled that at the launch of the
She had said, "the most dangerous and important element in the communications sector are mobile phones because of the health and other related risks they pose.
Some radioactive elements in the mobile phone might affect the body and cause cancer and other health challenges.
Radiation from phones can cause problems and this is why we are advising the public not to bring phones close to their body or use in the rain.
Radio waves produced by mobile phones could interfere with important electrical equipment such as telecom masts, monitors, hospital equipment and electrical systems on airplanes and that is why the ministry made it mandatory for operators to install their masts five kilometers away from residential areas."
According to her, "dangerous driving is caused by mobile phones and it is important for operators to also enlighten the public on the risks because this will also help members of the society to enjoy their lives.
Mothers should not allow their children to play with mobile phones, especially when they are not of age and are not well educated on the use of it."
But the ministry had come out to describe the statement as a misinformed view of the deputy director that has not been scientifically proven.
The Special Adviser on Media to the minister, Mrs.
Nkanga enjoined Nigerians to disregard the caution on the use of mobile phones as various researches conducted by international organisations on the safety of mobile phones use till date remain inconclusive.
Throwing his weight behind the minister, telecommunication expert,
Telecommunication experts have maintained that the use of mobile phones do not have proven health hazard on people. Indeed studies to date provide no indication that environmental exposure to radiofrequency fields, such as from base stations, increases the risk of cancer or any other disease.
But the medical fields continue to disprove the claim stressing that the radiation from the use of mobile phones has health implication.
According to medical practitioners, exposure to the radiofrequency (RF) fields emitted by mobile phones is generally more than a 1000 times higher than from base stations, and the greater likelihood of any adverse effect being due to handsets, Based on mixed epidemiological evidence on humans regarding an association between exposure to radiofrequency radiation from wireless phones and head cancers (glioma and acoustic neuroma), radiofrequency fields have been classified by the
Scientists have reported other health effects of using mobile phones including changes in brain activity, reaction times, and sleep patterns though these effects are minor and have no apparent health significance.
There are facts that it's not true, there are documents that show it causes harm to the body."
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