“Investigating environmental health concerns of residents living near a pulp and paper mill”
Professor and Head, Department of Community, Occupational and Family Medicine,
Consultant, National Skin
Residents living downstream of a pulp and paper mill complained of skin rashes, which was believed to be due to polluted water and dioxin contamination from discharges from the mill. This seminar will describe a multidisciplinary and community based approach in the investigation of the environmental health concerns of the villagers.
The investigation involved representatives from a local non-governmental organization, environmental and health staff of the mill, academics from the fisheries department of the local university, and external consultants from the Finnish Environmental Research Group and the National University of Singapore. Aquatic environmental impact assessment, river ecology studies, water quality measurements and a health survey of villagers were conducted. The results were subsequently communicated to the community.
About the speaker
Koh is Professor and Head of the Department of Community, Occupational and
Family Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine; and Deputy Director of the Centre
for Environmental and Occupational Health Research, National University of
Singapore (NUS). Prior to joining the NUS, he was the Assistant Director in
the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of the then National
Productivity Board, and Medical Director in a multinational insurance
company. Dr Koh serves on the advisory boards of several international
occupational and environmental health journals, and has undertaken
international consulting work with several large organizations and
multinational companies. Within