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Accept medical team's offer: Jakhar

punjab Updated: Jul 13, 2012 11:44 IST
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When there's a ray of hope, you've got to catch it.

To tackle the uranium factor in groundwater, medical scientists Dr Carin S Smith of South Africa and Dr Christopher Busby of the United Kingdom have volunteered to give Punjab their services. The state government should accept the offer, leader of the opposition in the assembly, Sunil Jakhar, has said.

"Because of the shortage of electricity, most reverse-osmosis systems are ineffective in purifying village water," Jakhar stated here on Thursday. "A parliamentary committee also had suggested the path of comprehensive research in tracing the sources of uranium contamination."

Jakhar called for examining if uranium had leached into water from granite rocks. In 2009, scientists working in collaboration with Faridkot's Baba Farid Centre for Special Children had found excessive uranium content in the blood stream of 149 children battling mental disabilities. "Instead of awakening, " said Jakhar, "the Punjab health department preferred to harass the NGO."

Bureaucrats needed a fresh orientation on the subject, said the leader of the opposition in Punjab. He said he would write to the union ministers of health and environment to seek to bring the foreign scientists to Punjab for a solution to the uranium contamination.