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Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Environment and Health, Uncategorized | 0 comments

2nd National Environment and Health Conference

2nd National Environment and Health Conference

The 2nd LSF National Conference on Environment and Health is scheduled to hold on the 4th and 5th of April, 2017, at Redeemers University, Ede, Osun State.

For more details, download the announcement and call for abstracts here. The conference website is http://conferences.lsfnigeria.org/, where you can download the flyer, view conference and speaker details, submit abstracts and register for the conference.

 

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Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Environment and Health, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Response to New Telegraph’s Article on Industrial pollution at Ile-Ife

The report by Mojeed Alabi on Industrial pollution in Ile-Ife, drawing public attention to a very critical issue, is important and much welcome. We must pay more attention to our environment and avoid jeopardizing our precious health unnecessarily. I am also impressed with the passion and energy Mr Alabi brought into the assignment while criss-crossing the neighbourhood for information.

However I must express my strong objections to aspects of the report, particularly in his representation of my positions, as published in today’s New Telegraph. First, I did not approach the Ife metal re-cycling company during my 2013 blood lead studies in Ile-Ife and Zamfara (based largely on gold-mining), so it would not be correct to report that I was “barred by the management of the company.” Rather it was my contacts, casual employees of the company who opted out of our efforts to incorporate them into the study. And we had to respect their decision (for whatever reasons) as our protocols could only accommodate volunteers.

Also, I am not comfortable with the summary Mr Alabi gave to my position, which incidentally was the concluding statement in today’s segment of the report: “ we need money.” The issue is far beyond money. Mr Alabi actually offered to raise funds for me to carry out elemental analyses in blood of subjects; but I carefully explained to him not only my scepticism on finding statistically significant elevated levels of the elements he sought in blood of subjects (based on the soil levels he had presented), I also was not ready to keep sending samples abroad for analyses. (The N500,000 figure I had supplied, at his insistence, was for sample collection, preparation, and courier abroad.) The issue is certainly not “more money,” but more commitment to building local capacity for research. That was, and remains my point. I’m afraid Mr Alabi somehow missed that vital point.

My general take on this issue is the need for genuine dialogue and collaboration between industry, regulatory authorities/government, civil society, and academia. Together we can devise acceptable home-grown solutions to our environment-health challenges if a conducive atmosphere, build on mutual respect and appreciation, is provided. We must identify what exactly are the problems and address them creatively with the sustainable development of Society, Economy, and Environment-Health dimensions as our goal. Heaping all the blames, founded or unfounded on one sector of society only hardens that sector for which it is public health that will eventually suffer. For instance Mr Alabi’s extensive discussion of radioactivity in his report only serves to discredit and undermine the very important points he made on particulate pollution. It would be very unfortunate if his report is treated with contempt as a result of such unhelpful over-generalization.
Joshua Ojo
Professor of Health Physics and Environment
Department of Physics and Engineering Physics
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
28th December, 2016

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Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Environment and Health, Uncategorized | 0 comments

LSF is floating a peer-review Open-access technical online Journal

A result-oriented approach to management of the environment must involve all relevant stakeholders: academics, professionals, industries, and the regulators.  Currently (unlike in the more developed countries), there is no Forum for all these to meet as equal partners to discuss and proffer solutions to Nigeria’s many peculiar environment-health challenges.  The Nigerian Journal of Environment and Health will provide this Forum. Maintaining the core value of Excellence which we hold dear at the LivingScience Foundation, the NJEH will bridge the divide between the key Sectors and help further LSF’s goal of enhancing public health in Nigeria..  Prof Folorunso Ogundare of the Department of Physics, University of Ibadan will serve as the Editor-in-Chief

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Environment and Health, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Loss of a Patriot – Bashir Kanoma

We are saddened to hear the demise of our professional friend and core supporter, Dr Mohammed Bashir Kanoma from Zamfara State Ministry of Health, Gusau. A mutual friend, Dr Callistus Akinleye passed on the sad news on 15th October, months after the event.

A patriot and professional to the core, we met Dr Kanoma during a research visit to Zamfara in the height of the Lead poisoning incident that resulted in the loss of hundreds of children in 2010.  Bashir was at that time the Chief Medical Director of the State Hospital, Gusau.  After hectic daytime administrative activities including long field trips and research discussions on epidemiology and public health, he would return in the evenings to deliver personal health-care to the long queue of his out-patients, who were always confident he would come back for them.

Despite differences in ethnicity and religious affiliations, Bashir and I [Joshua] developed very strong friendship and affection, founded on mutual respect. We have since collaborated on a number of projects as well as shared ideas for the progress of our people and country.  Although unable to attend the first National Environment and Health Conference in May, Dr Kanoma played very significant roles in the planning and helped mobilize participants, particularly from the North.

Before his sad demise, the Board of the LivingScience Foundation had already approved Dr Kanoma’s nomination to be a member of the International Advisory Council for the Foundation. His death is truly a sad and considerable loss for Nigeria. May the LORD keep his memory sweet and comfort his folks. http://blog.lsfnigeria.org/2016/10/loss-of-a-patriot-bashir-kanoma/

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in Environment and Health, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Prof Joshua Ojo receives special Commendation Award at RUN

 

 

 

Prof Joshua Ojo, President of LivingScience Foundation recently completed his sabbatical year at the Redeemer’s University (Sept 1 2015 – August 31 2016). In appreciation of the quality services rendered by Prof Ojo, he was one of the set of distinguished  staff members selected for special recognition and award.  Picture below are Prof and Mrs Ojo  (5th and 6th from the left) at the special award on 6th September, 2016.  See the picture online at RUN’s website here

The Management team with the recipients of the 8th convocation Award And Appreciation Day Ceremony

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Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Environment and Health, Other E&H blogs | 0 comments

In the US: Federal Lab Forced To Close After ‘Disturbing’ Data Manipulation

“Tell me what you want and I will get it for you. What we do is like magic,”

“The research topics that faced data manipulation – including uranium in the environment, health effects of energy resources, and U.S. coal resources and reserves – was “disturbing,” Westerman said..”

THIS INCREDIBLE NEWS ITEM IS REPORTING THAT THE INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY OF THE ALMIGHTY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN BEING FOUND TO HAVE BEEN MANIPULATING DATA – OVER TWO DECADES!  FOR THOSE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE SUBJECT MATTER, THESE ARE THE PRIMARY DATA USED TO DETERMINE KEY ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH POLICIES.

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Daily Caller News Foundation
http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/23/federal-lab-forced-to-close-after-disturbing-data-manipulation/

Nearly two decades and $108 million worth of “disturbing” data manipulation with “serious and far ranging” effects forced a federal lab to close, a congressman revealed Thursday.

The inorganic section of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Energy Geochemistry Laboratory in Lakewood, Colo. manipulated data on a variety of topics – including many related to the environment – from 1996 to 2014. The manipulation was caught in 2008, but continued another six years.

“It’s astounding that we spend $108 million on manipulated research and then the far-reaching effects that that would have,” Rep. Bruce Westerman said at a House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing. “We know how research multiples and affects different parts of our society and our economy and … if you’re working off of flawed data it definitely could be in a bad way.”

“The problems were so severe, in fact, that the USGS has already closed the inorganic lab in question permanently,” the Arkansas Republican said. The lab was terminated in January.

Westerman cited a recent Department of the Interior Inspector General (IG) report that said impacts from the data manipulation “are not yet known but, nevertheless, they will be serious and far ranging. The affected projects represented about $108 million in taxpayer funding from fiscal year 2008 through 2014.”

Westerman also highlighted an interview the IG withheld from its report.

“Tell me what you want and I will get it for you. What we do is like magic,” a former USGS official told auditors a former employee linked to the manipulation would say, according to Westerman.

Westerman added that the IG’s interview notes make the context of those quotes unclear.

“Given the lab’s history and that problems had already been identified when this interview was being conducted, such a statement seems potentially significant,” Westerman told Deputy IG Mary Kendall, a witness for the hearing.

“Your office explained that you do not know the context or veracity of this statement and that this issue was not part of the audit,” Westerman told Kendall.

Regardless, other scientists became aware and requested that lab work be taken elsewhere.

“USGS has advised committee staff that because scientists had already begun to distrust this lab so significantly that they began relying upon analysis from other labs,” Westerman said.

It’s unclear what effects the manipulated data will have, though Westerman – who touted his engineering background – noted the importance of research integrity.

“I’m not even sure what the scientific result were used in,” he said. “A lot of the work that people do that’s based on scientific research is so important and if the base research is flawed, then that affects the work that goes out from there.”

The research topics that faced data manipulation – including uranium in the environment, health effects of energy resources, and U.S. coal resources and reserves – was “disturbing,” Westerman said.

Some research papers that used the data had to be recalled, Kendall told the panel, but she was unsure of the extent other studies, such as college dissertations, were affected. She also noted that USG was taking steps to determine such effects.

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