Fluorosis Hits Kids most in Pavagada

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Article courtesy of Stanley Pinto | October 11, 2014 | The Times of India | Shared as educational material

MANGALORE : Despite the government setting up de-fluoridation plants in Pavagada taluk of Tumkur district, fluorosis still affects the population. Shockingly, the incidence of dental fluorosis was highest among students. It shows fluoride concentration in water in several villages in Pavagada is five times more than the permissible level. 84% of students do not have knowledge about the ill-effects of excess fluoride in drinking water. Hospitals consistently witnesses people coming with complaints of early onset of arthritis, joint pain, limited flexibility and restricted joint movement. There are also evidences of skeletal fluorosis, renal stones and anaemia in women and according to Chowdhury the anecdotal profile also matches with the published literature elsewhere. Pavagada is a perennially drought prone area and relies on groundwater for drinking and other purposes. An assistant executive engineer in the rural water supply and sanitation sub-division said: “Scanty rainfall in the region results in increased fluoride levels and depletes groundwater levels. A decade ago, borewells were sunk to 500ft to get water. But now even 1,100ft does not yield water and the fluo ride content keeps getting higher,” he said. Read more here : http://bit.ly/2sNwTFD

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