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Gulbarga taluk: Water with fluoride content

Source: Express Buzz | March 10th, 2009 | By Ramkrishna Badseshi
Location: India

GULBARGA: Flourisis-affected Khiru Naik tanda in Gulbarga taluk is an example of the negligent attitude of the state government, particularly the Health Department.

In 2000, the thanda hit the headlines.

Of the 60 people in the tanda, 27 suffer from skeletal deformity after drinking water with high fluoride content and the matter was raised in the Legislative Council too. Senior officials of most of the departments rushed to the tanda, additional bore-wells were dug, patients affected by fluorisis were admitted in hospitals and given caliper treatment (binding the affected part).

Some of the serious patients were given physically challenged pension.

However, the records available in the Health Department say that the fluorisis has not recurred in Khiru Naik Tanda. But when this correspondent visited the place on Sunday, the villagers showed one-and-halfyear- old Roshan, whose legs are affected with fluorisis.

Roshan’s father Bhim Singh said that he developed this abnormality six months ago.

He said: “None of the health officials examined my son and I too don’t know whom to approach or how much it costs. Moreover, we are poor people, so we can’t afford the treatment.” Shiru Bai (18), Pavitra (15) and Rajesh (20) are also suffering from the skeletal deformity.

About 20 people of the tanda have broken and discoloured teeth, which is another type of fluorisis.

The state government, which had been giving disabled pension to Shirubai, Pavitra and Rajesh a few years ago, had stopped suddenly a year ago without stating any reason.

Minister for Animal Husbandry Revu Naik Belamagi, who hails from the same Banjara community, has not visited the tanda since four years, villagers said.