ABG not doing enough awareness on potential dangers of alluvial mining

Too much time being spent on Rio Tinto rather than looking after families involved in small-scale alluvial mining? 

Tom Kathoa | New Dawn

Small gold mining operations by the local people particularly the landowners is not only a good business, but is also a risky and dangerous business.

Many people involved in alluvial mining are not aware of the dangers associated with this type of mining.

Concerned leader, Patrick Haromate told New Dawn that while miners get good money for their work, people must also be made aware of the dangers of such and industry.

He clarified that the dangerous part of this industry is on the side of the miners themselves because they directly exposed to toxic acids from chemicals like mercury.

Because of lack of knowledge on the dangers of these chemicals, people do not wear protective and safety gears to protect them from being infected.

He said the waste created by these local alluvial miners is much higher than that of big mining companies operating in the country.

The harm or side effects from direct contact and exposure to mercury and other chemicals include deformed babies, twisted limbs and other defects on people.

There are reports that the Arawa General Hospital has seen some cases that could be linked to chemical exposure.

The ABG government should carry out a vigorous awareness on this matter as more people are now turning to alluvial mining for quick money.

2 Comments

Filed under Financial returns, Human rights, Papua New Guinea

2 responses to “ABG not doing enough awareness on potential dangers of alluvial mining

  1. Jimmy Onopia (Mr)

    The sentiments expressed in this column applies to the entire Papua New Guineans especially living and working on their land on alluvial mines.

    Those people rely on whatever they can extract from their land to make ends meet, like paying for their basic needs, school fees, medical needs etc.

    The onus is upon the PNG Mining Dept to get their officers out to those poor people and educate them on the safety standards required in handling dangerous chemicals like Mercury.
    Make available portable alluvial mining equipment to enable those poor people to help themselves on their land.
    What are the Mining Dept and their employees doing as far as assisting alluvial miners are concern? Let’s hear from the Mining Dept.

    Jimmy Onopia

  2. Where do they purchase the product to begin with ???

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