ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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BHOPAL-Generations-Long Damage

Generations-Long Damage EVEN as the government of India is seriously contemplating an out-of-court settlement with Union Carbide comes the expert opinion that in alt possibility the long-term effect of the gas or gases which were released from the Union Carbide plant might well last for a generation of more. What activist scientists and medical people had suspected a long time ago has now been given the official stamp 30 months after the disaster. The expert committee headed by C R Krishnamurthy, a well known toxicologist, has found that the ill effects of the gas have persisted and may well alter body physiology to such an extent as to cause permanent damage. The committee has noticed that children who were being given psychological therapy (on the assumption that they may have suffered severe psychological stress) have shown changes in behaviour patterns giving rise to the suspicion that the damage may have physiological origins. Studies by scientists abroad have also at last recognised the possibility that MIC may be capable of chemically modifying amino acid residues in haemoglobin which would alter its vital functions such as the transport of oxygen. MIC is also now acknowledged as a possible agent affecting the immune mechanism which could be one explanation for the high susceptibility among the victims to a range of diseases. In fact Krishnamurthy has drawn attention to the noticeable change in disease patterns in the affected population.

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