Hippocrates who first diagnose silicosis in 430 BC when there was no X-Ray Machine, no Lung Function Test machine and no arrangements for High Resolution Computerized Tomography but in most of the cases in India silicosis is misdiagnosed as Tuberculosis while such modern medical equipment are available and the doctors enters in medical profession & take oaths in the name of Father of the Medicine called Hippocratic oath but forget the oath and get themselves stand with corrupt government administrators, officials, professionals and cut & paste "NGOs & network"
22 new cases of silicosis in E Singhbhum Times of India "This puts a question on the claims of the state government of running effective anti-silicosis measures in East Singhbhum in particular and the state at large," said Samit Kumar Carr, general...
Done In By The Dust Outlook Silicosis was once known as miners' disease. Inhaling dust at work for years, miners end up with lung fibrosis. Ancillary infections like TB complicate matters. The deaths can be painful.
Jute workers health camp at Titagarh, jointly organised by ROSHNI (Rising Occupational Safety & Health Network of India) & Swaniti Initiative. 64 workers were screened for Byssinosis at NJMC mill.. Byssinosis screening camp at Titagarh was attended by eminent Chest Specialist Dr Amit Podder and Dr Kunal Kumar Datta.
Govt must help Silicosis victims as per Supreme Court order, demands orphan
My name is Lakshmi Mardi. I am calling from Singhbhum district in Jharkhand.In our area more than 35 workers have died of Silicosis. One of them is my mother Parvati Mardi who died on 3rd Novermber 2012. Investigation by Occupational Safety and Health Association of Jharkhand has found symptoms of silicosis in more than 100 workers. I on behalf of lakhs of silicosis orphans request Govt to compensate silicosis victims as per order of Supreme Court. For more Laxmi can be reached at 08757281928
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South African gold producers AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields and Harmony Gold could face a lawsuit from former mineworkers who suffer from occupational lung ailments. Nongovernmental organisation Jubilee South Africa, ...
The proposed meeting of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to be held in July has raised hopes among silicosis victims who have been seeking compensation from the state government for years now.
For patients of silicosis, a serious lung disease caused by breathing in dust containing silica, the Occupational Safety and Health Association of Jharkhand (OSHAJ) have approached the Raj Bhavan to seek help after finding no effective answer to...
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work in 2013 focuses on the prevention of occupational diseases
Worldwide, occupational diseases continue to be the leading cause of work-related deaths. According to ILO estimates, out of 2.34 million occupational fatalities every year, only 321,000 are due to accidents. The remaining 2.02 million deaths are caused by various types of work-related diseases, which correspond to a daily average of more than 5,500 deaths. This is an unacceptable Decent Work deficit.
The inadequate prevention of occupational diseases has profound negative effects not only on workers and their families but also on society at large due to the tremendous costs that it generates; particularly, in terms of loss of productivity and burdening of social security systems. Prevention is more effective and less costly than treatment and rehabilitation. All countries can take concrete steps now to improve their capacity for preventing occupational diseases. As every year, the ILO Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment will prepare a report to serve as a background to the theme. It will call on governments, employers, workers and their organizations to collaborate in the development and implementation of national policies and strategies aimed at preventing occupational and work-related diseases.
Download Contains: 1. Poster 2. Postcard 3. Powerpoint presentation 4. Report: "The Prevention of Occupational Diseases"
Samit Carr's insight:
Presently about 6 million Children of mining areas of Jharkhand are living under threat to food and social security because of sufferings and death due to silicosis as 25-30 lakh workers are exposed to silicosis in Jharkhand India. According to ILO, every year around 2.02 million deaths occur due to occupational diseases, and 0.321 million deaths have been attributed to accidents at workplace. The actual figures are likely to be much more than these figures as such incidences in developing countries are often under-reported.
According to WHO, inIndia, around 1 crore people are exposed to silicosis every year. The US-based OK International has reported that around 30,000 people die from Silicosis inIndiaevery year. IMF has estimated that around 70,000 deaths every year inIndiaoccur due to coal pollution. Globally, occupational diseases and accidents cause a loss of 4% of the global GDP every year (source -ILO) .
A Planning Commission draft document has made proposals that fail to reflect the case for expanding and improving public-funded medical services and reining in private operators
Samit Carr's insight:
In the name of making health care available for masses, the govt is opening the backdoor for coporate loot and insuranceisation in the name of health. Basic health now will be a predefined package of doles, as decided by THEM!
Cases of silicosis are on the rise in this region.
Samit Carr's insight:
Actual story is National Human Rights Commission has directed Occupational Safety & Health Association of Jharkhand on 08.02.2013 to make comments on the report submitted to NHRC by the Govt. of Jharkhand viz letter ref. no 4847 dt 20.10.2012 in response to show cause notice on July last year to Chief Secretary seeking to know why compensation to 22 workers who died of silicosis. In the said report Govt. of Jharkhand declined to provide compensation stating four reasons, a) Mr Samit Kumar Carr did not make available of the X-Ray plates, pathological report in spite of several request made by the government’s offices, b) postmortem of the deceased workers were not done, c) Dr Kunal Datta has expressed possibility of silicosis only, d) no objection certificate to run M/s K K Minerals was seized in 2003 and since then the unit is closed.
Mr Carr of OSHAJ stated their comments; a) that all the medical records that includes ILO rating of the plates were submitted to all the concerned departments and the emails contain scanned copies were also forwarded to NHRC, b), postmortem clause is added which has no legal binding and there is no such provision of such clause in the Factories Act 1948, ESI Act 1948 and Workmen Compensation Act 1923 and there is also no such directives by these acts that empower state government to make such rule, therefore pursuing of this is violation of the said acts. Notably, State Govt. has developed state action plan for prevention and mitigation of silicosis based recommendations of OSHAJ but added the postmortem claue that goes against the interest of the workers, c) Dr Kunal Kumar Datta headed by a panel of doctors has ILO rated theX-Ray plate at ESI Hospital west Bengal based on occupational and clinical history of the workers and did not physically examined the ailing workers who were unable to move because of their health condition, therefore, the panel’s report is ethically correct and but the Civil surgeon and team has used same words on the report of Meherbai Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital that diagnosed ‘Suggestive Pneumoconiosis’, while the government doctors examined all the workers, d) K K minerals was not closed since 2003, page no .8,9,27,28 &30 of state government affidavit that proves that said company was running operation till 2010 as Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board issued directives to K K Mineral on June 2010 to stop running the unit unless the unit obtain NOC and consent to operate from the concerned departments.
If the district administration and concerned government regulatory agencies would have acted upon after 27th April 2005 every thing could have possible by that point of time and if that has not become possible for which the concerned offices are responsible only. Therefore, government cannot turn around from its own people and their responsibility and accountability towards the environment,OSH, labour rights and rights of social and economic security of the children and women of the silicosis victims placing multiple reasons of erroneous belief.
Government of Jharkhand has failed to protect the lives of its own people and to provide social security for the families of dead workers’ who lost their lives at their premature age because of human rights violation at workplace. In these circumstances it appears from their report that some concerned officers delaying the process of justice raising irrational points which has become synonyms of denial of justice and negation of the provision of social security as directed by the Supreme Court orders dated 26.11.1996 and 05.03.2009.
The Occupational Safety and Health Association of Jharkhand (OSHAJ) on Friday requested the chief secretary to remove the postmortem clause for paying compensation to the victims of silicosis.
Samit Carr's insight:
The postmortem clause has no legal binding as per the Factories Act 1948, ESI Act 1948 and Workmen Compensation Act 1923, which is also violation of these acts as stated in 3rd Schedule of the above acts wherein provision has been laid down for clinching a diagnosis of Silicosis and other occupational disease by a MBBS doctor only that is independent of a post mortem. Also this clause of state action plan goes against the Supreme Court order dated 26.11.1996 and 05.03.2009. It is illogical and ridicules in the sense, no silicosis or any other occupational disease affected worker will get compensation according to disablement (Workmen Compensation Act 1923 consider occupational disease as injury at workplace and compensation is fixed according to proportionate to disablement also) of the workers unless the occupational disease affected person dies and postmortem of the dead body is conducted. Therefore this clause goes against the interest of the workers and objective of social security of the nearest kin to the workers who suffer and expire because of silicosis and other occupational diseases.
By Chandrashekhar Bhattacharjee Practically incurable and nearly always fatal, silicosis is wreaking havoc among the 20,000-odd workers of illegal stone quarries in West Bengal, reports Chandrashekhar Bhattacharjee...
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