Meeting of Investigators of Multicentric Study on Exposure and Health Effects of Pesticides on Indian Population by PGI

Meeting of Investigators of Multicentric Study on Exposure and Health Effects of Pesticides on Indian Population by PGI Chandigarh 30th July 2018 Two days’ training of investigators of ICMR Multicentric study” assessment of the exposure and health effects of pesticides” has commenced at School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh. Principal investigators of five states, GMC, Amritsar Punjab, School of Public Health, PGIMER Chandigarh, Haryana, King George Medical University Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Seth GS Medical College Mumbai, Maharashtra and NIzam institute of Medical sciences, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, participated in the training. In the opening session Dr. Kathirvel, Assistant Professor from School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh, briefed about various classes of the pesticides and their exposure pathways. In the next session Dr Ashish Bhalla, Professor, Department of Internal medicine, PGI, discussed about toxicology of pesticides and their health effects. He discussed about various studies on focus of long and short term health effects of pesticides, conducted nationally and internationally. He mentioned that besides use of pesticides in farms and for household pest control, fertilizers and heavy metals in environment is also an important problem. In next session tool to be used for study along with standard operating procedures to be followed for study, were discussed. A physical activity session was also conducted during the break time just to promote and sensitize the participant for the physical activity In inaugural function Dr. Arvind Rajwanshi, Dean Research, PGIMER, Chandigarh, has graced the occasion as Chief Guest, while Dr. P. Seth, Chair Task force, ICMR as Guest of Honor. Dr J.S. Thakur, Professor School of Public Health PGIMER and Head, ICMR, TCC for pesticides study welcomed the Chief Guest, Guest of Honor, faculty from PGI and all the participants. Chief guest Dr A Rajwanshi narrated that although green revolution has dramatically increased the food production in the country but along with this use of pesticides has led to serious impact on the health of people of the country. He mentioned that around 275 pesticides are being used in India which is chemical poisons. In India majority of population is of farming community. There is extensive of pesticides in our country. Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh Punjab and Haryana are the states that account of main consumers of the pesticides in the country. He emphasized that there is immense need to evaluate the effect of pesticides on the health. Hence, he mentioned that it is a welcome decision to conduct this study. He expressed gratitude to ICMR for financial support for the project. Addressing the gathering, Dr P Seth, Chair, task force, ICMR, briefed about how Supreme Court of India directed to conduct this study, after the ban of the Endosulphan in the country proposed by a study from Kerala. In Post-lunch session Dr Sivaperumal, from NIOH, Ahmadabad discussed about operational issues for collection, storage and transportation of biological samples for pesticides metabolites analysis. Dr JS Thakur briefed about the roles and responsibilities of ICMR technical coordinating centre at School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh. He shared personal experiences of working in field of pesticides research. In the final session of the first day, Principal investigators from all the participating centers presented the progress of work carried out at their respective centers so far.
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