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Kahwa, Ishenkumba A.
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Asbestos: Lessons and perspectives from Jamaica
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While use of asbestos materials in developed nations has been decreasing because of the harmful health effects of asbestos dust mining, processing and use of the ancient material in developing countries is increasing. The regulatory mechanism for use, handling and disposal of asbestos and associated waste in developing countries are weak and information on asbestos-related disease is scenty but emerging. We identify lack of epidemiological data on asbestos health effects as a major gap to be bridged in the promotion of occupational and environmental health in developing countries. Without data on local situations, diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma remain too obscure to assist the campaign for appropriate regulation of asbestos usage or attracting attention to abominable industrial practices generally. The Jamaica situation will be discussed in detail.....
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