ICMR to study link of pesticides with emerging diseases

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Free Hemo-dialysis programme from June 14

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, June 11:Alerted by the growing number of renal diseases, Assam government has approached the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to find out if the excessive use of fertilizers as well as pesticides in vegetables and other agricultural produces is linked to the growth of such diseases.

Assam Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the state government has already approached the ICMR to carry out a research on this so that corrective measures can be taken up.

“The research will cover the districts in lower and central Assam and the char areas where commercial cultivation of vegetables and other agricultural produces has taken place. However, we are getting information that excessive use of pesticides is linked to the emerging diseases like renal failures,” Sarma said.

Sarma did not give the statistics of these emerging diseases but said that the mortality rate related to renal failure is going up in the state in the past couple of years.

In 2015, the Congress government had announced to set up a regulatory body to monitor chemical pesticide use in vegetables across the state. The proposed body, however, never took off.


Assam to start free Hemo-Dialysis from June 14

Meanwhile, Assam government will launch a free Hemo-dialysis programme in the state on June 14.

Sarma said the Hemo-dialysis units under the Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme would be set up.

He said Hemo-dialysis for the kidney patient will be done free of cost at 18 hospitals in the state under public-private partnership mode and the state government has tied up with Apollo hospital in this regard.

A total of 105 Hemo-Dialysis machines have been allocated for 18 centres across the state.

Sarma also said that Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme was started in the country in 2016 and under this programme, kidney patient treatment has been done in every district hospital and dialysis has been done at a free of cost.

“But Assam was far behind to implement this programme. The programme was launched in 2016, but we were able to implement it. We do not have private sector partner. Recently, we have tied up with the Apollo hospital and they will run this programme at 18 hospitals,” he said.

“The Centre will reimburse the cost to Apollo hospital through the state government. Kidney patients will get it free. We will launch this programme on June 14 at Nalbari,” the minister said.

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