Lead_poisoningKathmandu, Oct. 22: A new study released in the capital today has revealed that most of the paint companies in Nepal sell paint for household use that contains unsafe levels of lead that exceed recognized international standards.


The report prepared by the Center for Public Health and Environmental Development states that exposure to even small amounts of lead can reduce a child’s intelligence and school performance and can bring about behavioral problems.


“High levels of lead in paints are proven cause for serious concerns not only for families but the country as a whole. This damage is lifelong and irreversible,” Executive Director of Center Ram Charitra Sah said.


The report was prepared after an examination of 49 samples of enamel paint from 21 paint companies manufactured or sold in paint stores from Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Pokhara and Butwal for home use. RSS