Pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha MD Blew Whistle On Flint Michigan’s Contaminated Water Supply
Mona Hanna-Attisha Blew Whistle On Flint Michigan’s Contaminated Water Supply
Mona Hanna-Attisha is the director of pediatric residency program at Hurley Medical in Flint Michigan. She is also a professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
Hanna-Attisha and her colleagues uncovered highly elevated lead levels in children’s blood.
The problem arose when Flint Michigan government decided to switch its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River to save money. The auto industry used the Flint River to dump its toxic chemicals.
Citizens of Flint complained that their tap water derived from the Flint River was toxic and fowl but officials ignored them. Flint Michigan is mostly populated be African American people, and no action was taken until the situation became known nationally.
Officials failed to act for nearly two years until Mona Hanna-Attisha was able to bring widespread attention to the situation.
Hanna-Attisha revealed lead levels in the blood of tested children doubled from 2.4% to 4.9% after the change over to Flint River water.
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