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June , 2010
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Environmental toxicity takes toll on kids

Source: The Tribune (Fazilka), Date: June , 2010

Large number of children of Teja Rawela and Dona Nanka villages falling in the Jalalabad Assembly segment are exhibiting stunted growth. Young girls are facing premature greying and thinning of hair and the number of such kids is much larger than the normal population distribution. This has been revealed by a team of the Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM), which visited these villages yesterday and today. The team comprised executive director Umendra Dutt; working president Dr Amar Singh Azad, coordinator Neeraj Atri, natural farming trainer Gurpreet Singh; Dr Pritpal Singh of Baba Farid Centre for Special Children and president of the Youth Clubs Association Jasbir Singh. “What is more alarming is that a large number of children show signs of environmental toxicity, resulting in cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism, attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder and learning disability,” claimed Dutt. A large number of children and adults had signs of skin problems. Almost all residents were suffering from digestive system disturbances, he added.




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