Wednesday, 22 May 2019 | 05:36 WIB

Causing Lung Cancer, Indonesia Asked to Ban Asbestos Use

Asbestos use is harmful for health.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Canadian health professional Prof. Yv Bonnier Viger asked the Indonesian government to ban the use of asbestos as has been done by governments in 55 other countries in the world.

"Canadian political parties are beginning to care and support the abolition of asbestos use. In December 2016, the Canadian government has banned the import and use of asbestos," Viger said in a discussion held by Indonesia Ban Asbestos Network (INA BAN) in Jakarta on Wednesday (7/26/2017).

According to a press release from INA BAN, Viger has been actively campaigning for asbestos ban. Viger's arrival to Indonesia is part of a campaign in several countries. In addition to Indonesia, Viger also campaigned in Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand.

Viger actively campaigned against the asbestos ban after finding his wife suffered from pleural mesothelioma or lung cancer in 1999 and died three years later due to exposure to asbestos.

In Indonesia, asbestos is still widely produced and used for building materials, brake pads, gaskets, pipe coatings, and yarns which are widely used as fire fighting suits.

Viger said the asbestos-refusal group in Canada had produced a video in 2010 telling the export of hazardous materials from Canada to India. The video awakened the awareness of medical groups, trade unions, and the public to stop the production of asbestos. (*)