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Dominican Telecom to host forum on health effects of radio waves
Dominican Republic Created: 9 Feb 2007
SANTO DOMINGO.- The president of the Dominican Telecom Institute (Indotel) announced today that a scientific forum on the health effects caused by non--ionizing the electromagnetic emissions will be held next March 2 in this capital, with the attendance of international experts,.

Jose Rafael Vargas said that local scientists and foreign experts from several countries will dictate on the "International Forum on non-ionizing electromagnetic emissions and their effects on health.Ē

He said that universities, television and broadcasting companies, telecom services providers, mayors, and public health authorities will participate in the activity.

The official said that the Forum will define actions to assist the Dominican State in drafting a norm on the emissions of no-ionizing the electromagnetic waves and their potential health effects.

Vargas will deliver the keynote address in the opening of the scientific event, whose topics include "Non-ionizing radiations in avenue 27 de Febrero,"
resulting from the power density levels from radio communication in that zone, from research conducted by engineers of the Santo Domingo State University (UASD).

He said that universities, television and broadcasting companies, telecom services providers, mayors, and public health authorities will participate in the activity.

The official said that the Forum will define actions to assist the Dominican State in drafting a norm on the emissions of no-ionizing the electromagnetic waves and their potential health effects.

Vargas will deliver the keynote address in the opening of the scientific event, whose topics include "Non-ionizing radiations in avenue 27 de Febrero," resulting from the power density levels from radio communication in that zone, from research conducted by engineers of the Santo Domingo State University (UASD).

Scientists from Italy will dictate on the "State of development of norms and studies carried out by specialized international organisms on the safe use of the non-ionizing radiations," whereas Peruvian technicians will tell of their experiences in the elaboration of norms and studies conducted on the topic.

Also, Dominican doctors will dictate on the effects of electromagnetic emissions on health, with case studies of the country, and will culminate with a panel which will reach conclusions on norms and incidence of this problem.

Among the Forumís objectives is to hear experiences from international and local experts on concerns over radio towers and radiation from antennas in residences, constructions or public places.
Opinions will also be heard from experts of the World Health Organizationís (WHO), the industry and from communications equipment manufacturers in general.

Also, to debate studies or scientific research by universities, public health and any other institution which has studied the health effects from non-ionizing electromagnetic emissions.
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Source: Sylvie: dominican today

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