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.
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
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.
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
at Periya also
that incidence of above was high.
at the same
affected more with breast cancer. Health Inspector of Vazhakkad who
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
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
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