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LMIPPE February 2002

their problems.

So they simply continue taking

the

high doses of medicines that are being given.

Problems affecting the Skin

A number of people have skin problems ranging

from small, frequent itches to chronic cases like Psoriasis and Eczema . Many of them are being locally treated as allergies and the doctors are generally not inclined in finding the cause.

  • Rashes are found in the hands and the inner palms,

with itching which turns to septic boils.

Discolored

patches

appear

on

the

skin

with

itching

sensation.

Swelling

of

legs

and

hands, darkening of the skin.

The swelling is specifically reported by many of the plantation workers who are directly in contact with the pesticide mixing and spraying operations.

  • One ex-worker disclosed that most of the plantation

workers have some sort of skin diseases or other. His daughter complained of frequent swelling of the body and getting tired very quickly. She disclosed of having gynecological problems as well. She revealed that her periods stop soon after the spraying season and resume only after 3-4 months, during which time her blood sugar level also goes down and she suffers from a variety of problems.

Some women reported frequent swelling of the

whole body.

Problems affecting the Lungs, Throat etc.

A

number

of

people

were

suffering

from

Cancer

of

the throat. Some of them could not be interviewed as they had been hospitalised. One case had only recently been diagnosed and their relatives asked us not to meet him as he did not yet know he had cancer.

There

were

multiple

cases

of

people, mostly men,

who gradually lost their voice and finally when pain set in, the disease was diagnosed as Cancer of the throat or larynx.

  • Many men suffered from pain in the throat.

  • A very large percentage of the children were

suffering from difficulty in breathing, asthma etc. Children seem to have been the most affected by this. They also get very frequent fevers, which sometimes

last for a

month.

suffering

from a

We

found

mild

cold,

one but

infant ( 6 months) administered with

Amoxicillin

tablets.

  • Many complained that soon after the spraying, they

have throat problems and some complained of loss of voice. Many have difficulty raising their voice when speaking.

Problems affecting the Eye

, Generally people complained of itchiness and

watery eye during the sometimes continues for

spraying. The irritation atleast three days, during

which the whole area bears a foggy look with visibility

much reduced.

Thanal

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