LMIPPE February 2002
The people have been seeing this kind of strange diseases in their families only since the middle of nineteen seventies and early nineteen eighties. There was no such incidence of congenital anomalies among children born before the nineteen eighties.
vomiting tendencies, sickness, dizziness, breathing difficulties etc were common to many of the exposed people. The school children were the worst affected, especially because they had to go to school, many a time through the shortcuts via the plantation area and soon after they
testis, swelling of the testis, disruptions in menstrual sudden changes in blood sugar levels, frequent fever
chronically Swelling of
ill people during lymph glands and
and after spraying season. scrotum was reported soon
her periods from a lot
stop soon after the spraying and she of hormonal problems and weakness
suffers for the
ensuing 3-4 Evidently, it
months, after which her periods is clear that endosulfan spraying is
reoccur. linked to
the triggering doctors whom these findings.
of the chronic problems as well. The local our researchers interviewed also corroborate
The veterinary doctors diseases to cattle and
many panchayaths domestic animals.
also report of In Padre and
Cheemeni plantation areas, serious diseases among the
the spraying cattle. Many
last year caused cows miscarried,
soon after the People reported
spray and some that this was very
had very violent deaths. common especially among
the cows, which graze in the plantation. sprayed plantations lost appetite even after and ultimately died.
Cows grazing in the spray period
Local people and panchayath representatives also revealed that the health effects were most prominent in villages which have the PCK plantations lying within it or borders it. Villages close by the plantation had markedly reduced incidence of diseases and villages which were distant from the plantations were not affected by these kind of health
the hypothesis that
endosulfan is the primary causative similarity in complaints as stated by
in Enmakaje and Bellur panchayaths Cheemeni area were largely similar in
It was also observed that most of the employees of the PCK and their families were also affected, though only comparable with the non-employees living in the same area. This must have been primarily because of aerial spraying, which did not discriminate between employees and non-
this observation was were suffering from
the fact that very serious
chronic illness, These workers
like throat cancer and chronic skin diseases. revealed that they were directly involved in
the spraying many a time as mixers or applicators. researchers also observed endosulfan spraying in saplings of cashew using hand-sprayers. The employees
The new also
reported that they gear during such Insecticides Act.
were not spraying
given any protective which is mandatory
clothing or under the