A woman and her young son from a public housing estate have tested positive for high levels of lead in their bloodstream.
The woman, surnamed Leung, and her five-year-old boy underwent blood tests arranged by TVB News after reports of lead contamination in Kwai Luen estate where the family has lived for a year.
TVB News is reporting that Leung and her son had lead readings of 6.5 mg and 7.2 mg, respectively, both above the World Health organization limit.
Meanwhile, water samples from Leung’s Kwai Chung district flat had lead content five times the level in earlier tests commissioned by the Democratic Party.
Leung, who breastfeeds an eight-month-old baby, had sought an appointment with the Department of Health for a blood test but was told to wait until Sunday.
Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung, pressed about the matter at a press conference, did not say if the two will be given priority, according to Apple Daily.
He said he will work with the Hospital Authority on a follow-up treatment after the two have been tested in a hospital.
Meanwhile, Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said the government has received more than 1,700 inquiries and 932 people are scheduled for blood tests.
Ko said the government will be responsible for treating people found to have excessive lead in their body.
A resident of Wing Cheong estate in Sham Shui Po said contractors should be held accountable if they are found to have fouled up the water supply with faulty welds on the pipes.
Also, he criticized the government for suggesting residents leave the tap running for five minutes before drawing water, calling it too wasteful.
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