Fluoride research centre in Choutuppal soon

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Thanks to the decades-long struggle by the Jala Sadhana Samiti and fluorosis victims as well as the unstinted support extended by HMTV-The Hans India crews, the much-awaited fluoride research centre would be a reality soon. The concerted efforts have fructified into the Regional Fluoride Mitigation and Research Centre, which will be set up near Dandumalkapuram in Choutuppal mandal.

  • 10 acres acquired at Dandumalkapuram
  • Rs 100-cr research facility coming up

Nalgonda: Thanks to the decades-long struggle by the Jala Sadhana Samiti and fluorosis victims as well as the unstinted support extended by HMTV-The Hans India crews, the much-awaited fluoride research centre would be a reality soon. The concerted efforts have fructified into the Regional Fluoride Mitigation and Research Centre, which will be set up near Dandumalkapuram in Choutuppal mandal.

Following an intensive campaign by the HMTV-The Hans India crews against the lack of steps to reach out victims of fluorosis, the State Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar chose to visit the affected areas on July 6 and 7 last year, along with the MLAs and MLCs of the district. In line with the assurance made by the Speaker, the fluoride research centre is coming up with the active cooperation of the Centre and State governments. The District Collector has earmarked ten acres of land for the proposed Rs. 100-crore Regional Fluoride Mitigation and Research Centre and handed it over to the National Institute of Nutrition.

The centre will undertake research in various issues, including reducing the effect of fluoride, treatment of the victims and to check the effect of fluoride on future generations, among others. It will be expanded into a Rs. 250-crore centre once it becomes full-fledged. It will also take up research into the preventive measures to correct the dental problems of the victims. There will also be special focus on the fluoride victims who developed rickets to provide them right nutrition to set it right. The research will hopefully benefit to increase the victims’ life span.

The centre will provide medical facilities to the fluoride victims from other States like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal and Assam. It will focus on the possibility of undertaking surgical operations to overcome the disability. The centre will train people on taking right nutrition to overcome the problem. An auditorium to house 1,000 persons will be constructed to give training to the victims. One of the largest laboratories in the country will be set up at the research facility. Staff of the centre will test water in the fluoride-affected areas to identify the other likely water-borne diseases.

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