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From the BBC,

Punjab disability ‘uranium link’

Tests on children with cerebral palsy or mental disabilities in the Indian state of Punjab have revealed high levels of uranium.

A charity based in Faridkot city said chemical analyses of hair specimens collected from 149 children in its care showed “unexpected amounts” of toxins.

The result has baffled the authorities as there are no known sources of uranium in Punjab.

Here’s the Punjab health minister Lakshmi Kanta Chawla on the issue

“This is not a health subject. We don’t know how children are showing such high concentrations of uranium”, Punjab health minister Lakshmi Kanta Chawla said.

“It is for the central government in Delhi to deal with the problem.”

A prime example of why politicians are redundant. It’s because they exist only to deflect any sort of responsibility up the hierarchy, before it gets lost in the singularity at the top.

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Written by parseval

April 2, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Posted in people, politics, science

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  1. I read about this originally on BBC.com, and I am furious! I am beyond confused that such a ‘health minister’ would say that it is not a health concern. This woman is obviously has no right being a health representative for Punjab. She should have taken the opportunity to ask for help and say yes, we may have a problem, and hopefully we can get to the bottom of this health concern. She deserves to be fired and hopefully somebody, anybody, who is a bit more competent could follow up and do a better job.

    monica

    April 6, 2009 at 3:49 pm


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