HEAL at event in Poland on environmental pollution and health effects
In April HEAL participated in a conference at the Military Institute of Medicine in Warsaw focusing on the link between environmental pollution and increased rates of heart and lung diseases in Poland.
The conference entitled ‘The biggest twenty-first century killers – environmental pollution, lung and cardiovascular disease’ was organised by one of the largest hospitals in Poland.
Medical professionals, research groups and eminent Polish specialists including Professor Dr Mieczysław Pokorski (Polish Academy of Sciences), Professor Dr Henryk Mazurek (Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Rabka), representatives of Warsaw University of Technology and Military Institute of Medicine gathered together to discuss the link between environmental pollution and health. A representative of the National Security Bureau, the Head of the Department of Law and non-military security, Wiesław Mołek, took the honorary patronage of this event.
Professor Dr Stanisław Koziej, Head of the National Security Bureau in his speach read by Wiesław Mołek, Head of the Department of the Law and Security, said ‘It is unquestionable that there is a relationship between the health of individuals and society and the state of the environment surrounding them’.
‘At the beginning of the twentieth century allergies were rare. After a century the statistics have changed completely - research from 2013 indicatse that approximately 50 percent of young people living in Kraków - the most polluted Polish city – have allergies. It is not human beings who have changed, but it is the world around them – and it’s only a reaction to what we breathe and eat these days’, added Dr Piotr Dąbrowiecki from the Military Institute of Medicine.
At the event, HEAL disseminated materials including the ‘Unpaid health bill’, HEAL’s information leaflet, research studies and the recent Annual Review. HEAL’s stand attracted much attention at the conference and offered space to exchange views and opinions with participants and to lead environmental health centred discussions. Health organisations are encouraged to take part in next year’s edition of the conference.
Photo credits of Dr. Piotr Dąbrowiecki and Dr. Stanisław Koziej: konferencjalubinski.wim.mil.pl
Originally posted on 14 May 2014