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MMDA field staff to participate in UP Manila study linking traffic exposure to hearing loss

MANILA: The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has expressed support for the University of the Philippines Manila-National Institute of Health (UP-NIH) study which aims to determine the link between chronic traffic exposure and the loss auditory. Selected MMDA field staff will be the target participants for the study.

KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER

  • How will UP Manila study the audience of MMDA traffic officers?

    Select field staff assigned to Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) will undergo the selection process including a hearing test and an in-depth interview.

  • How many MMDA personnel are stationed alongside the EDSA?

    At present, nearly 600 traffic officers are tasked with monitoring traffic along the EDSA, the MMDA said.

  • MMDA Director-in-Charge Baltazar Melgar said traffic wardens work in harsh weather conditions, pointing out that they are also exposed to health risks such as exposure to traffic noise and air pollution.

    According to Melgar, the study will be led by Dr. Kim Ong of UP-NIH and will be assisted by the MMDA Medical Clinic led by Dr. Annabelle Ombina.

    Select field staff assigned to Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) will undergo the selection process which includes a hearing test and an in-depth interview.

    “The selection process should be carried out the second week of August. Based on criteria established by UP-NIH, traffic officers must have five years of field exposure experience, regardless of employment status,” Melgar said.

    Meanwhile, a recent study by scientist Emmanuel Baja found that exposure to carbon black and heavy metals while on duty along major thoroughfares in Metro Manila like EDSA, where hundreds of thousands of vehicles pass through daily, affecting the blood pressure and lung function of traffic cops. .

    The study also showed that lead found in law enforcement blood may involve systemic inflammation and may also be linked to heart damage.

    At present, nearly 600 traffic officers are assigned to man traffic along the EDSA.

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