6,000 disabled by endosulfan in State: Survey

6,000 disabled by endosulfan in State: Survey

A recent survey carried out in three taluks –– Puttur, Bantwal and Belthangady –– has revealed that 6,000 people suffered from various degrees of disability caused by endosulfan. Foundation President Ravindranath Shanbhag said they had submitted the list of these disabled people to the State Disability Commission.

He also insisted that the government conduct medical examination on all the people, especially the 25,000 children who were exposed to endosulfan and showed evidence of chromosomal abrasion. “We are also going to intervene in the complaint filed by a group from Kerala with the Supreme Court demanding a ban on endosulfan use altogether,” Shanbhag said.

He also pointed out that from the data available with Women and Child Development Department, around 4,000 pregnant women were affected. However, there is no facility for ultrasound scanning and many cannot afford it. “The government should sponsor the scanning facility for these women within 20 weeks. If they find that the foetuses have development problems, I insist that government provide support in aborting them,” he said.

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