Bhubaneswar, September 13 (LocalWire): Protesting against the use of highly hazardous pesticide by farmers, a group of senior resident doctors of Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital in Burla observed a one-day token fast.
The doctors of the government-run hospital in Sambalpur district are seeking a blanket ban on the use of paraquat, a highly toxic chemical that is widely used as a herbicide, primarily for weed and grass control.
“The hazardous pesticide has a debilitating effect on farmers’ health.
During treatment, we have come across hundreds of farmers afflicted with respiratory, skin, EENT, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and neurological problems.
The health issues are diagnosed due to exposure to the deadly pesticide,” senior resident doctor Shankar Ramchandani said.
“We a group of five resident doctors had petitioned the Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee and had raised the acute and chronic health effect due to paraquat exposure.
As the prohibition on it is yet to be enforced, we have registered our protest in this manner,” he said adding that we did our duty and attended in-patients.
It’s a social obligation on our part to raise such health issues, he concluded.