The Hindu. March 8, 2007
New Delhi, March 8. (PTI): The Government is considering to launch a national programme for the prevention and control of fluorosis, which has affected 25 million people in the country.
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Panabaka Lakshmi said the Government is planning to launch a National Programme for Prevention and Control of Fluorosis. She said, it has been estimated that the population actually affected by flurosis in the country is 25 million.
Fluorosis, which affects due to the content of flouride in drinking water and food products, is a problem in 19 states. Lakshmi said Skeletal Fluorosis, a bone disease that occurs due to excessive consumption of fluoride in water, is one of the three forms of fluorosis, which is prevalent in the country. The States that are affected are Andhra Pardesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Orissa, Punjab, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Kerala, Assam, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.