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  1. Nasir

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    N-waste dumping taking toll
    * Patients of scabies, cataract and cancer rising in Dera Ghazi Khan

    By Shakeel Ahmed


    DERA GHAZI KHAN: The fallout of dumping ‘radio active nuclear waste’ by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission in Dera Ghazi Khan has taken toll, as a large number of people are suffering from several diseases, Daily Times learnt. The number of patients suffering from scabies, a skin disease, has increased in the past three years. Although the disease used to occur in winters, but surprisingly scabby patients visit the District Headquarters Hospital throughout the year, most of them come from the tribal area, Dr Ghulam Shabir Birmani, a skin specialist, said. Patients of cataract have increased in past three years also, an eye specialist at the District Headquarters Hospital in Dera Ghazi Khan told Daily Times. “We operate 3,000 to 4,000 patients of cataract annually,” he added. Sterility is another rapidly spreading disease in Dera Ghazi Khan, a gynaecologist at the DHQ hospital said. The gynaecologist said mostly women did not like to discuss such problems with doctors and if the condition becomes unbearable, they visit quacks.

    Two sample collecting laboratory centres of cancer hospitals are working in Dera Ghazi Khan. After taking samples from patients, these centres send the samples for testing to their headquarters in Lahore and Karachi. Daily Times learnt that the centres were collecting 60 to 70 samples for biopsy (examination of served tissues for diagnosing cancer) tests every month. Patients come for uterus biopsy, intestinal biopsy, stomach biopsy, liver biopsy, thyroid biopsy, lymph node biopsy, breast biopsy, lymphoma biopsy, eudiometrical biopsy, lung biopsy and bone biopsy.

    It was ironic that there were dozen of medical facilities of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission working in different cities of Pakistan but none in Dera Ghazi Khan. There are no treatment facility and doctor available for cancer patients in Dera Ghazi Khan.

    Radiation syndromes — a group of concurrent symptoms of a disease – is described a deadly disease with harmful effects acute, delayed, or chronic produced by exposure to ionising radiations.

    Tissues vary in response to immediate radiation injury of lymph cells, reproductive organs, proliferating cells of the bone marrow, epithelial cells of the bowel, top layer (epidermis) of the skin, liver cells, epithelium of the little lung sacs (alveoli) and bile passages, kidney epithelial cells, endothelial cells of the membranes around the lungs, lining the chest cavity (pleura) and the abdominal cavity (peritoneum), nerve cells, bone cells, muscle and connective tissue. Generally, quicker the turnover of the cell, the greater the radiation sensitivity. Radiation can and usually dose lead to all sort of health related problems such as cancer including blood cancer, skin cancer, mussels cancer, bone cancer, thyroid cancer, chest cancer, skin diseases, all kind of tuberculosis (TB) including bone TB, baldness, sterility (in men and women), vomiting, watery motion, fever, deafness and cataract, Dr Zulfikar Malik told Daily Times.

    The people of Dera Ghazi Khan are frightened after finding out about the dumping of nuclear waste in Baghalchur, said Hameed Asghar Shaheen, the president of the Seraiki Qaumi Movement. He condemned the dumping of nuclear waste. He claimed that nuclear borne diseases had increased in the area since the dumping began. He stressed the need to carry out a radiochemical analysis of the area, a complete medical check up of residents and demanded an independent inquiry commission to look into dumping of radioactive nuclear waste in Dera Ghazi Khan.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006\05\22\story_22-5-2006_pg7_26
     
  2. niaz

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    This is a worldwide problem. Sellafield in the UK lake district which holds nearly half million cubic metres of nuclear waste deals with it by ecnlosing it in concrete containers and depositing it nearly 1-kilometer deep inside the mountains. Not the best solution but certainly better than any other. With more reactors for power generation, Pakistan needs to earmark potential waste disposal sites from now.
     
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    I think they should employee procedures to recycle that waste to make it in reusable position. And they certainly can, and it also depends what kind of nuclear waste it is.
     
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    How about converting majority of those waste into DU shells? just like US.
     
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    Seems like a good idea!!!

    But how? Majority of nations prefer to dump rather than trying to work on useless waste.