Tuesday, August 21, 2018

19th AUGUST, 2016. 

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with other participants following proceedings during the forum on electromagnetic frequencies at a Nairobi hotel

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with other participants following proceedings during the forum on electromagnetic frequencies at a Nairobi hotel

Kenyans have become increasingly concerned with the potential harmful effects that electromagnetic frequencies might have on their health with the upsurge in the use of the mobile telephony that has necessitated the deployment of base stations close to residential area’s in a bit to boost connectivity and communication, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Speaking on the role of her Ministry in addressing environmental impact of electromagnetic frequencies, during a forum on the effects of electromagnetic frequencies that was organized by the Kenya Alliance of Residents Association (KARA) in a Nairobi hotel, Prof. Wakhungu observed that, the development of applications by telecommunication companies for the installation of mobile phone towers are a major sources of contentious litigations in the Ministry and called on the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), to ensure that all base stations are subjected to Environmental Impact Assessment process and licensed, saying that, her Ministry considers public health as the key aspect to take into account in dealing with electromagnetic frequencies.

Prof. Wakhungu called for the provision of basic information on the electromagnetic frequencies to  unravel the myths around the health effects of the base stations and at the same time, promote a better understanding between what is known and what is not known about electromagnetic frequencies.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu making a contribution  during the workshop.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu making a contribution during the workshop.

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