Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has asked the government to conduct an epidemiological study to ascertain the impact of endosulfan on the people and nature. The Commission also mooted to earmark a separate fund in the state budget to carry out the study. 

Endosulfan, a deadly poison was sprayed in cashew corporations in Kasargod district in Kerala. The aerial spraying of the pesticide affected the lives of many generations of 11 panchayats in the locality. 

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Over 3000 persons are suffering from genetic disorders, cognitive disorders, neuro-behavioural disorders, mental retardation, hydrocephalus and cortical blindness. The area also reports a high rate of cancer and number of persons with disabilities. 

The commissions had recently conducted a study on various issues faced by the victims in Kasargod district. An epidemiological study on the hazards posed by the lethal pesticide is inevitable. The study should cover risk factors and methods to check health issues related to the pesticide, the commission recommended. 

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The panel also mooted free distribution of medicines and food for victims and facility for physiotherapy and speech therapy in district and taluk hospitals and community health centres. The committee also asked the government to take immediate steps to till the vacant posts of doctors in the hospitals and community centres in the district. The commission also asked Chief Secretary to take measures to form a separate tribunal to ensure compensation for victims.