BANGLADESH: Killer pesticides
Posted: May 5th, 2009 - 8:26am
Excessive use of pesticides on farmlands of Malancha and Naogakaith in Dhamrai upazila has led to death of at least three children and a number of calves, dogs and fowls last month.
For same reasons, some 13 other children, all aged below seven, were hospitalised, while some farmers too fell sick during the period.
A committee formed by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) reveals this in its primary investigation report.
Talking about reasons behind the deaths in Dhamrai, IEDCR Director Dr Mahmudur Rahman told The Daily Star, "We are sure it was pesticide poisoning. And we are afraid it's happening in other parts of the country as well."
During a visit to the villages yesterday, this correspondent found the families did not yet know that excessive use of pesticides had caused the death of their kids.
Abdus Samad, grandfather of Meem, a 32-month-old girl who died on April 2, told The Daily Star, "I had breakfast with her in the morning. We talked a lot and she did not show any symptoms of sickness. After some time, she went out and came back ill.”