The Ministry of Health of Republic of Armenia has applied to World Health Organization to assess the impact of environmental factors on human health: Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan said about this year at the National Assembly on December 4. “The Ministry of Health is continuously conducting a study of the damage caused to the health of the population as a result of environmental damage. Analyzes are being carried out to identify trends in population growth and decline,” Tigran Avinyan said.
Referring to the mining industry, he noted that the policy of the Armenian government in this area is aimed at ensuring transparency and high accountability.
It should be reminded that as early as in June 2019 EcoLur held a public hearing on "The Impact of Developing Metal Mining in Armenia on Environment and Human Health" where Head of Department of Epidemiology of National Center for Disease Control and Prevention of RA Ministry of Health Romella Abovyan informed that the Ministry of Health has developed a methodology and it has been submitted to World Health Organization.
coLur has sent to Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan, RA Chief Prosecutor Arthur Davtyan and RA Security Council Secretary Armen Grigoryan the verdict of the Public Environmental Court on “Impact of Metallic Mining Developing in Armenia on Environment and Human Health” case demanding from the Armenian Government to assign to RA Health Ministry:
• Develop and approve guidelines and methodology for assessing the impact of mining on human health,
• Monitor human health in mine-affected communities
• Conduct research in the surrounding mining communities on the impact of mining on human health
• Take measures to prevent the negative impact of the mines on human health and to protect human health.
To date, no state body has responded to this judgment of the Public Environmental Court.
18:02 December 04, 2019