[AI] 18 born blind in arsenic hit Bihar district

Vishnu Ramchandani vishnu.ramchandani at mphasis.com
Thu Apr 1 02:57:17 EDT 2010

Patna: Altogether 18 children were born blind in the arsenic affected
blocks of Bhojpur district during the past three months, Bihar health
minister Nand Kishore Yadav confirmed today.

The cause of the blindness was not yet known, but health department
officials were in touch with ophthalmologists, he said.

The arsenic affected districts in Bihar are Bhojpur, Buxar, Vaishali,
Bhagalpur, Samastipur, Khagaria, Katihar, Saran, Munger, Darbhanga and

Diseases normally being witnessed in these districts include blindness,
cancer of intestine, lever, kidneys and bladder, gangrene, bone
deformity and skin problems.


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