Kerala is one of the countries that has been the focal point of the controversy over chemical use in health care.
The state government is trying to regulate the use of certain chemicals by health workers in the state.
However, this initiative has been met with resistance by some health workers who claim that the chemicals can damage their health.
The government is yet to come out with a clear policy on the use or the regulation of certain chemical.
“We need a policy on chemical use.
We need a way to regulate our health workers, but the problem is the chemicals are being used by some people,” said Manikandan.
According to a report by Health Foundation of India (HFIA), there were 2,000 cases of cancer and 4,200 cases of heart disease in the district of Madurai from January 2014 to December 2017.
This report states that there were around 7,200 deaths in the same period.
According to the report, these figures could be a lower estimate as the actual figures are not available due to the nature of reporting.
“The government has said that there will be no change in its decision on chemical misuse,” said an official.
“However, there is no information about the number of deaths in this period.”
According to the HFIA, it was the third highest in India after Madurai and Madhya Pradesh.
“In the case of Madhya and Uttar Pradesh, it is the third-highest, followed by the district and the state,” said a senior official from the Ministry of Health, Family Welfare and Child Development (MHFCD).
“The state has recorded an increase in the number deaths.
This has come due to several factors including increased use of chemical agents for various purposes,” said the official.
According the MHFCD, the number in the last two years is not much higher than in the past.
“Since 2014, we have recorded around 50,000 deaths in Kerala.
However in the first six months of 2017, we recorded over 4,000,” he said.
The HFIA has also said that it has recorded around 3,000 instances of women dying due to chemical agents in the preceding six months.
“These cases include the deaths due to inhalation, poisoning, and toxic exposure,” said Dr V P Narayanan, Chairman of MHFCd.