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Bathinda registers rise in heart, lung diseases

The Tribune

Ludhiana, January 24 , 2010
Toxic nature of water and soil due to the presence of heavy metals is responsible for a rise in cases of heart and lung diseases in Bathinda region. Experts from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) and the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture made these observations during a workshop at GADVASU today.

Officials of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) were also present in the discussion on the impact of environmental pollutants on animal and human health in Punjab.

Dr Samir Malhotra from PGIMER, Chandigarh, referred to a project initiated under the aegis of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). “We are carrying a detailed study of the impact of pesticides, heavy and toxic metals on human health for which randomised control trials will be conducted in Talwandi Sabo and its adjoining villages,” said Dr Malhotra.

“Performa will also be distributed to gather details such as dietary constituent, exposure to pesticides and history disease,” he said.

GADVASU is a partner in the ICMR project and has undertaken the project on ‘Environmental pollutants and zoonotic pathogens in Punjab: Their impact on animal and human health’ with the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, under International Partnership Fund Programme.

Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor of GADVASU called for financial support to conduct trials without any political interference to help carry out the project.

Dr John Gordon, Director of Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, said the international community should form a joint forum to address issues of environmental pollutants and their harmful impact on humanity.

The long-term objective of this research initiative is to develop an integrated map of pesticide residues in animals, animal products, humans, soil and water, and study their physiological effects on the animal and human systems and advocate remedial measures, organising secretary Dr JPS Gill said.

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