Children from various educational institutions on Friday urged the government to ban the production and import of lead containing paints to ensure safe environment and future in Bangladesh.
The demand was made from a human chain, organised by Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO), in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka. The objective of the programme was to raise awareness about impacts of the lead poising. Children from various educational institutions participated in the human chain, said a press release.
ESDO is a member of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (GAELP), a joint initiative of the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Development Programme.
The broad objective of the alliance is to promote a phase-out of the manufacture and sale of paints containing lead and eventually to eliminate the risks that such paints pose, it said.
Lead paint has been banned in industrialized countries for over 30 years, but continues to be sold throughout the developing world causing significant harm to human health and the environment.
Exposure to lead is particularly dangerous for children; it inhibits intellectual and physical development and can cause poor concentration, disruptive behavior and can even result in death, itadded.