Moga Sees 1,000 Cancer Deaths In A Decade

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MOGA – Once referred to as “makheon mitha” (sweeter than honey), Moga today is on the verge of an environmental disaster. Its contaminated underground water has not only affected the strength and well being of humans but also its flora and fauna.

More than 1,000 people have died of cancer in the district in the past 10 years. Besides, a large population is facing serious health problems like kidney ailments, eye problems, infertility in human beings/animals etc.

The figure of 793 deaths from 2001 to 2009 is available with the Health Department here. Senior health officials revealed that at least 250 persons have died of cancer in the past two years, although a survey in this regard is yet to be conducted by the department.

Dr Jaswinder Singh Brar, an agro-scientist, says though the Green Revolution led to an increase in the production of food grains in this area, the variety of farm produce has dwindled considerably. Mechanised farming coupled with the use of toxic compounds and chemical fertilisers for maintaining the non-resistant hybrid crop breeds have affected the biodiversity and poisoned the surroundings through overuse of insecticides, starved the soil of natural nutrients and reduced the green cover around the villages.