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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
ISSN: 1394-195X
Vol. 23, No. 3, 2016, pp. 1-8
Bioline Code: mj16028
Full paper language: English
Document type: Editorial
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2016, pp. 1-8

 en Potential Health Impacts of Bauxite Mining in Kuantan
Abdullah, Noor Hisham; Mohamed, Norlen; Sulaiman, Lokman Hakim; Zakaria, Thahirahtul Asma & Abdul Rahim, Daud

Abstract

Bauxite mining is not known to most Malaysian except recently due to environmental pollution issues in Kuantan, Pahang. Potential impacts are expected to go beyond physical environment and physical illness if the situation is not controlled. Loss of economic potentials, and the presence of unpleasant red dust causing mental distress, anger and community outrage. More studies are needed to associate it with chronic physical illness. While evidences are vital for action, merely waiting for a disease to occur is a sign of failure in prevention. All responsible agencies should focus on a wider aspect of health determinants rather than merely on the occurrence of diseases to act and the need to emphasize on sustainable mining to ensure health of people is not compromised.

Keywords
health impact; bauxite; mining; environmental pollution; disease; Malaysia

 
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