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Silicosis a Rare but Potentially Harmful Disease

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KENTUCKY (10/27/16) — In recent decades, much has been done to improve workplace safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration instituted one such effort by requiring protective equipment to be used in the workplace.

That resolution aimed to limit silica dust inhalation, which can increase workers' risk for a potentially harmful disease known as silicosis.

A lung disease caused by breathing in tiny bits of silica, silicosis mostly affects workers in the mining and glass manufacturing industries. People who work in foundries may also be vulnerable to silicosis. Understanding silicosis and its potential side effects can help workers protect themselves against this diseases that the American Lung Association notes accounts for more than 100 deaths per year in the United States alone. Read more

Courtesy: Surfky News

सिलिकोसिस की जांच के लिए सक्रिय हुआ महकमा

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सिलिकोसिस को लेकर स्वास्थ्य महकमा अब नींद से जागते हुए प्रभावित ग्रामीण क्षेत्रों में स्वास्थ्य शिविर लगाकर स्वास्थ्य कैम्प लगाने की रणनीति तैयार की गई है। समाचार प्रकाशित करने के बाद मेडिकल कॉलेज डीन की उपस्थिति में स्वास्थ्य महकमा की गत दिवस एक बैठक आहूत कर प्रभावित क्षेत्रों का चिन्हांकन किया। मिली जानकारी के अनुसार सिलिकोसिस को लेकर सर्वप्रथम शुक्रवार से सराईपाली डारआमा में स्वास्थ्य शिविर लगाकर सिलिकोसिस मरीजों की पहचान की जाएगी।

जिले के सराईपाली में बड़े पैमाने पर सिलिकोसिस मरीजों की संख्या सामने आने के बाद भी स्वास्थ्य महकमा नींद में गाफिल रहा। वहीं सिलिकोसिस मरीजों के लिए कार्य करने वाले सामाजिक कार्यकर्ताओं को कैम्प के नाम पर हीलाहवाली की खबर को नईदुनिया ने प्रमुखता से प्रकाशित किया। इसके बाद स्वास्थ्य महकमा नींद से जागा और मामले में गंभीरता दिखाने बैठक आहूत की गई। जिसमें घरघोड़ा, रायगढ़, तमनार व सारंगढ़ के प्रभावित ग्रामीण अंचलों में स्वास्थ्य कैम्प आयोजन करने की शुरुआत करने की बात कही। मिली जानकारी के अनुसार सिलिकोसिस मरीजों की पहचान करने पहले सराईपाली, डारआमा गांव को चिन्हित किया गया। इसके बाद स्वास्थ्य विभाग द्वारा हर्राडीह, बरपाली, भुईकुर्री में स्वास्थ्य कैम्प लगाने के लिए तिथि तय किए जाने की बात कही है। बैठक में तमनार बीएमओ, क्षय रोग प्रभारी आदि भी उपस्थित रहे। Read more

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Jodhpur silicosis patients assured compensation in 10 days

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JAIPUR: Patients with silicosis, whose compensation money had still not been released, on Friday met district collector Bishnu Mallick of Jodhpur. "We had decided to sit on an indefinite dharna, but the collector assured us today that the money would be released in a matter of about 10 days. We have decided to call off our dharna. If the money is delayed and we do not receive it in 10 days, we will sit on indefinite dharna," said Chota Ram Meghwal of Balesar, Jodhpur, who has been aiding patients in accessing their compensation money.

District collector Bishnu Mallick had earlier assured TOI that he would do everything possible to help those who were waiting for the compensation money. "The state government is working very earnestly to compensate the silicosis afflicted. We also do not at present have any dearth of funds," he said.

Courtesy: The Times of India

43 silicosis patients to get compensation soon

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JAIPUR: Silicosis patients were accompanied by social activists as they met district collector Tina Kumar at Badnor panchayat in Bhilwara district on Friday.

Earlier, 103 people who had received certificates from the Pneumoconiosis Board showing that they had silicosis had been brought together by the activists. Of these, 11 had died and their kin had not yet received the Rs3 lakh compensation. By Friday, a few more patients got wind of the meeting and turned up - there were 118 silicosis certified cases represented at the meeting. The district collector said compensation to 43 patients had been cleared and the money would soon reach bank accounts. Read more

Courtesy: The Time of India

Give us Rs 4 lakh while alive: Silicosis patients

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JAIPUR: A group of silicosis patients will sit on indefinite dharna outside the office of the Jodhpur district collector from Friday. The patients are seeking that the government release compensation money in time, since they suffer a disease that cannot be cured. Also, they want the government to release the full amount of Rs 4 lakh while they are still alive. At present, the government offers Rs1 lakh to a patient once he receives a certificate from the Pneumoconiosis Board showing he or she has tested positive for silicosis. Rs3 lakh is given to kin once the patient dies.

"Why wait until we die? The money should be given to us while still alive, so we can use it to prolong our lives and increase the quality of lives of our families," says Mangi Lal from Shergarh tehsil of Jodhpur district, who has received Rs1 lakh after testing positive for silicosis. Chotu Ram from Balesar, who has been aiding patients in following up with the government on when the money will be released, said, "There are those who received certificates of silicosis three years ago who have still not received money. That is why we have decided to sit on dharna." Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India