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Anitha Asamoah, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, will defend her thesis on "Assessment of the Contamination Level of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Breast Milk of Ghanaian Women from a Polluted Area in Accra"
18.08.2017 kl. 13.00 - 16.00
"Assessment of the Contamination Level of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Breast Milk of Ghanaian Women from a Polluted Area in Accra"
Persistent organic Pollutants (POPs) are everywhere due to human activities of both the past and present. They have become a challenge to the world at large due to their toxicity, persistent nature, lipophilicity and long range transport. The Ghanaian environment has not been spared of this menace as organochlorine pesticides were massively used in the past for both agriculture and public health purposes. Old transformer oils containing Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the unauthorized recycling of everything electronic to obtain precious metals have also compounded to the release of POPs into the Ghanaian environment.
The aim of this study was to assess the human burden of Persistent Organic Pollutant (POPs) [polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), PAHs and organochlorine pesticide (OCPs) residues in some Ghanaian communities using human breast milk as a matrix. Also, to find out if the levels pose any risk.
In conclusion, PCBs, OCPs and PAHs were measured in the breast milk of some Ghanaian women. Although the levels of these POPs were at levels that do not pose any threat, some were however at the threshold limit.
Professor MSO, Erik Gydesen Søgaard, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Aalborg University, Denmark
Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Section of Chemical Engineering
Niels Bohrs Vej 8, 6700 Esbjerg, room: C1.119