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LMIPPE February 2002

Dr. Mohankumar, a doctor practising in Enmakaje panchayath has found from his observations of his patients that there were 51 cancer deaths in just 126 houses near the Kodenkeri Stream at Enmakaje Panchayath.

Cancer deaths recorded in Enmakaje panchayath alone have increased from 37 between 1982 and 87 to 49 between 1988 and 93. It was 71 deaths between the period 1994-99. This means an increase of 33% in just 6 years and 92% in 12 years.

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Thanal

  • a large number of people had problems related to

vision, though it is not known whether it is directly due to spraying. But it is now known that long-term exposure to organochlorines can affect the nervous system affecting hearing and vision.

  • Some plantation workers disclosed, on promise of

anonymity, that almost all the workers suffer from eye itching, burns, chronic headache and sometimes loss of vision also.

Problems affecting the Stomach and Gastro-Intestinal system.

  • A good number of people, especially men get frequent

stomach ache’s.

Sometimes

vomiting

accompanies

such

ache’s especially in children

  • The Staff Nurse at Navodaya Vidyalaya school at

Periya reported that in 1988 she had conducted a health survey of the locality with participation from her school children. The report is unfortunately misplaced now, but she remembers having seen a lot of cases of stomach and intestinal problems.

Even though a number of such disorders were reported, some of the aberrant diseases which had reached alarming proportions and are of concern were also identified. It is felt that these have to be discussed separately, due to its fatal and threatening nature.

Cancer

Survey conducted in Periya-Pullur , Muliyar, Cheemeni and Rajapuram reported that a number of people were suffering from Oral cancer, cancer of the throat and stomach,

prostrate cancer and intestinal cancer. the doctor at the Public Health Centre

Local doctors

and

at Periya also

said

that incidence of above was high.

cancer

especially the

Women

at the same

affected more with breast cancer. Health Inspector of Vazhakkad who

The found

ones mentioned time seem to be comment by the that cancer cases

in Pananthadi (Kasaragod) Vazhakkad (Calicut, affected

were by the

as common pollution from

as in Grasim

Industry

)

corroborates

the

findings.

Dr.

Mohankumar,

a

doctor

practicing

in

Enmakaje

panchayath

has

found

from

his observations of deaths in just 126

his patients that houses near the

there were Kodenkeri

51 cancer Stream at

Enmakaje Panchayath. now in these houses.

He enlisted 4 living cancer cases Many of these cases, the doctor

remembered were cancer of the liver and blood. A survey done by Link-Trada of Mangalore also identified 11 cancer deaths in just 52 families in the last 5 years.

An analysis of the death records of some of the panchayaths also suggested an increasing pattern of cancer deaths over

the years.

For example,

cancer deaths

recorded in

Enmakaje panchayath alone have increased from 37 (1982- 87) to 49(1988-93) and to 71 (1994-99). This means an increase of 33% in just 6 years and 92% in 12 years. Incidentally, this data does not include the deaths in the panchayath which could have got recorded at Kasaragod

Municipality, Mangalore, Kanhangad many of the patients die in hospitals.

or elsewhere where Considering this also

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