On 1 February the Minister of health Yaakov litzman set up a meeting with the Minister of ecology AVI Gabay to discuss the results of the study Haifa University on the impact of the environment on the prenatal development of infants.
The day before, January 31, journalist of the 2nd channel of the Israeli television Chaim Rivlin published the results of a study conducted by scientists at the University of Haifa, according to which from-for adverse environmental conditions, in three districts of Haifa Bay, has been observed in newborns of lower weight and volume of the head is lower by 20%-30% than in children, wynoszonych in other areas. In the list of disadvantaged areas hit Kiryat Chaim, Kiryat Bialik, Southeast of Kiryat Tivo and slope of mount Carmel overlooking the industrial zone. Their findings are made on the basis of data for the last four years. These data were then published in all Israeli media.
The Ynet website reports that doctors at Haifa’s hospitals and clinics refuse to comment on these studies. In particular, the press service of the hospital «Rambam» stated that neither the skill of the children’s Department, neither the maternity nor the office for the care of premature babies do not know anything about the incidents mentioned in the media. Thus in a press-service noted that, eventually, the scientists got data from other sources.
1 February Yaakov litzman at the annual conference of the health Ministry, commenting on media publications, said that the media data is alarming, and promised to look into the situation.
Radio station «Sieves Beth» reported that a Knesset member, a resident of Haifa Ayman Ude (United Arab list) filed insists on an urgent discussion of the environmental situation in Haifa.