NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION NO. 1265 DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 15 April 2011 (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 11)

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY


FOR WRITTEN REPLY


QUESTION NO.
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DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER:
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5 April
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(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO.
11
)

Mrs P C Duncan (DA) to ask the Minister of Health:

(1)

Whether his department has investigated any ca
ses of electro
-
sensitivity; if
not, why not; if so, (a) how many such cases have been investigated and (b)
what were the findings in each case;

(2)

who is responsible for investigating such cases
?

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REPLY:


(1)

No, the Department of Health has not invest
igated any cases where
electrosensitivity has been alleged, because no scientific basis currently exists
for a connection between electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) and
exposure to electromagnetic fields.
Laboratory
-
controlled studies on this
subject h
ave indicated that EHS individuals cannot detect exposure to
electromagnetic fields any more accurately than the general population and
double
-
blind studies have shown that the different symptoms experienced by
EHS individuals were not correlated with thei
r exposure to electromagnetic
fields. The decision by the Department not to investigate EHS cases is further
supported by the fact that
t
he various symptoms reported by EHS individuals
do not form part of any recognized medical syndrome. Consequently,

EHS
is
not considered a valid medical diagnosis.


(2)

No formal responsibility exists to investigate, given that EHS appears to be, if
anything, more of a psychosomatic nature. It would be up to the affected
individual to seek medical and/or psychological assistan
ce in this regard.



END.