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Health minister visits Taranto hospital oncology ward

Taranto is portal city where troubled steelmaker ILVA is based

07 November, 19:40
Health minister visits Taranto hospital oncology ward (ANSA) - Taranto, November 7 - Italy's Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin on Thursday visited the oncology ward of the San Giuseppe Moscati hospital in Taranto, the southern Italian portal city in which troubled steelmaker ILVA is located.

Recent reports have shown cancer rates around the steel plant in Puglia, which is accused of causing an environmental disaster, to be 15% above the national average, rising to 30% for lung cancer.

The minister and her staff spent time on the ward, where many cancer patients that are allegedly suffering from industrial pollution are being treated.

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