Camden health clinic urges parents to get kids tested for lead poisoning

Officials says lead comes from a variety of sources, not just paint.

John McDevitt
October 23, 2018 - 8:51 pm

John McDevitt | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Camden health clinic is raising awareness about lead exposure and encouraging parents to get their children tested during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

About 150 children ages 3 to 5 years old were among those attending a lead safety day at CAMcare Gateway Health Center in Camden Tuesday.

Dr. Paschal Nwako, Camden County Health Officer and Public Health coordinator, says lead comes from a variety of sources.

"So lead doesn't always come from paint. From toys, from the soil, from water and from jewelry that people wear. And food, ethnic foods and cosmetics," he explained.

He says a simple blood test can detect lead poisoning and help prevent permanent damage. 

The latest data shows that only 24 percent of kids six years old and under in Camden were tested for lead exposure, compared to 95 percent statewide.

National Lead Poisoning Prevention week runs Oct. 21 to 28.