Comments on ABC news report "Up to 40pc of Hunter children have had asthma", 6/05/2010, http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/06/2892234.htm?section=justin
If the report is true it is deeply disturbing that so such a high percentage of children in that region have had asthma. This is, of course, in the context that the rate of asthma children is 17 per cent lower in the central coast, according to the report.
There is nothing to suggest that the report is not true, because it is a NSW government report.
The Hunter region has coal mines and power stations and there have been calls for a comprehensive health study in the Upper Hunter region.
The report seems to confirm the need for such a study, for the children's sake.