About Careers MedBlog Contact us

MP Villagers Suffer Deformities Due to Polluted Water

by VR Sreeraman on November 16, 2007 at 3:00 PM
Font : A-A+

MP Villagers Suffer Deformities Due to Polluted Water

A large number of villagers in Madhya Pradesh's Shivpuri District have developed various physical deformities due to polluted drinking water. Most of the villagers here have deformed limbs besides suffering from cataract, and premature-ageing.

Villagers believe that the root cause of their problem is excessive fluoride content in the ground water used for drinking that ultimately causes fluorosis leading to deformities and tooth decay. "So many times people's hand, knees and joints swell up...Everyone's teeth have decayed and people say the reason is the excessive content of fluoride in the water," said Aatm Singh Rawat, a villager.


Villagers say that the fluoride treatment tanks set up to filter the water are non-operational most of the time. "Our village is affected by fluorosis. Doctors have said that it's because of the water. The (treatment) plants set up never work. Sometimes they work, usually for four to five days in six months and that too when some official is visiting the area," said Babu Lal Patel, another villager.

The concentration of fluoride in the water of Shivpuri District ranges from 1.50 to 6.40 mg per litre. The State Health authorities, say that efforts are on to contain the problem. R.S. Shrivastava, a Public Health official says he had received a letter from the district Public Health Department saying it is not true that flurosis is rampant in the six to seven villages.

Fluorosis is a condition caused by the excessive intake of fluorine and is commonly of two types - Skeletal Fluorosis and Dental Fluorosis.

As the names suggest Skeletal Fluorosis affects the bones due to excessive accumulation of fluoride in bones and the Dental Fluorosis affects the teeth from overexposure to fluoride.

Doctors say surgery is the only solution for fluorosis and that too after the fluoride content in the body has been brought down.

Source: ANI


Latest Environmental Health

 Plants Filter Airborne Pollutants That Cause Cancer
The Ambius small green wall, which contains a variety of indoor plants, was shown to be quite successful at removing hazardous, cancer-causing pollutants.
Uncovering the Link Between Dirty Air and Premature Death
Public health measures to prevent air pollution could lead to positive effects on patients with heart failure.
Solving the Nitrate Puzzle: Contradictory Hazards and Benefits of Nitrate
Nitrate has brought in two contradictory results, where one study states that it could be heart-healthy while the other points to it as a cancer risk.
Are We Ready for the Future Health Impacts of Climate Mitigation?
Worsened air quality due to climate mitigation efforts could lead to respiratory and cardiovascular problems.
Are We Ready to Reduce Plastic Pollution by 80% by 2040?
Reduction in plastic pollution results in an increase of 700,000 jobs by 2040, significantly improving the livelihoods of millions of workers in informal settings.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

MP Villagers Suffer Deformities Due to Polluted Water Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests