Toxic chemicals lead to rise in NCDs – Health Ministry
Agro chemicals, cleaning agents such as household detergents and
certain food additives, colouring agents and flavourings, could cause a
further spike in the increasing number of non communicable diseases (NCDs),
said the National Hospital’s Toxicology Information Centre Head, Dr
“It has been scientifically proved that NCDs including cancer,
obesity, diabetes, hypertension, strokes and heart attacks are closely
linked to toxic chemicals to which our bodies are constantly exposed.
These chemicals could be in the house or in the environment”, he told
the Sunday Observer.
Exposure to toxic chemicals could alter the body mechanism. “Recent
studies have shown that long exposure to Persistent Organic Pollution
(POP) such as agro chemicals in the environment were linked to obesity
and diabetes. Although some of these chemicals have been banned under
the Pesticide Act, they are still freely available”, he said.
The theme for National Poisons Prevention Week (November 10-16) “NCDs
and Toxins” will highlight this serious health issue which has not been
adequately addressed, he said.
An exhibition to educate professionals on the NCD/Toxin link will be
held at the National Hospital and a booklet on the subject by the
Toxicology Information Unit will be distributed to medical practitioners
The Health Ministry has directed all state hospitals to organise
various programs for the forthcoming week”, he said.