7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018

Officials in denial?

This is regarding 'new masts' going to be installed all over Bahrain, mainly in residential areas!

It seems to me that the Health Ministry just does not care about the people, which is amazing.

If it did care, it wouldn't be allowing the installation of around 400 mobile phone masts I've heard will happen throughout this year!

Why can't telecoms companies share the masts? Is it true this will never happen because a certain company refuses, resulting in others having to erect their masts!

In Dubai they have very few masts and there are never reception problems! When will Bahrain authorities wake up and smell the coffee and follow Dubai's example? They are a health hazard and the sooner the Bahrain government realises this the better!

The so-called temporary mast in Mahooz is still there, five months on, and there's no sign of it ever being moved. Whenever you ask when this mast will be moved, the reply always is: ''it's only temporary and will be moved soon''!

Now we have another new company invading Bahrain, with a whole lot more masts being erected for it to operate in Bahrain.

I wonder if there's been a rise in respiratory diseases, cancers, tumours, skin ailments in Bahrain over the last few years.

Would the ministry divulge this information if it were found to be true, possibly not as it is obviously in denial as to how dangerous these masts are to human health.

Mobile phone masts are the new neighbours from hell.


A Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wildlife public relations department spokesman said: "On the basis of our belief in the principle of transparency and the right of every citizen to know about the environment that he lives in, we would like to clarify the following points as a reply to the queries indicated in your letter:

Regarding sharing the communication masts by all communication companies, this matter concerns the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA), which as we know is studying this idea. However, environmentally speaking the sharing may reduce the number of masts but will not affect the levels of weak EMF radiation.

According to scientific studies reviewed by experts of international specialised organisations such as World Health Organisation, International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), the Royal Society of Canada and Health Protection Agency, there is no evidence of any adverse health effect as a result of exposure to the weak EMF signals emitted by communication towers and wireless networks on human or the environment.

In Bahrain, the commission carried out three surveys along with national and international experts in 1995, 1999 and 2001. Results showed that the exposure levels of EMF are hundreds times lower than the international standards.

A German company (Rohde & Schwarz) in co-operation with the TRA conducted a survey in 2005. Results also showed weak levels of EMF in comparison with the permissible exposure limits.

In March 2009 the commission issued Order 4 with respect to regulating and monitoring non-ionising radiation emitted from electromagnetic fields. It adopts the same guidelines and exposure limits set by the ICNIRP.

The most recent measurements conducted this year and last year showed the exposure levels for the public in Bahrain is hundreds time lower than limits set in the ministerial order 4.

Recently, the Cabinet laid a tender with an international specialised company to carry out a comprehensive survey in the five governorates to assess the situation of electromagnetic fields emitted from communication masts and to recommend a health hazard-free environment (if there are any possible health effects)."

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