The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said yesterday that the Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin was no longer a mystery. It had now been named as Chronic Kidney Disease of Agro-chemical origin.
GMOA General Committee member Dr. Navin de Soyza pointed out that the root cause of kidney failure had been caused by a chemical compound called Glyphosate mixed with pesticides and weedicides. The compound Glyphosate was being widely used in several provinces, especially in the North-Central province. The kidney disease could not be found in the Northern province during the war period, because the government had not sent agro-chemicals (pesticides and weedicides) containing with Glyphosate.
Dr. Soyza added that several laboratory investigations done in the United States had scientifically confirmed the Glyphosate was mainly responsible for causing renal failure in humans. The chemical glyphosate contained in pesticides and weedicides was being used by paddy farmers to prepare soil.
Dr. Channa Jayasumana, when contacted, said the root cause of the disease had been scientifically determined. Even other countries had accepted the research conducted by him and Sri Lankan scientists.
He warned the government that the people in the Northern Province would be liable to chronic kidney disease in another 5 to 6 years. Because though the government had banned the dispatch of weedicides and pesticides during the war, supplies of pesticides and weedicides containing glyphosate were not being dispatched to those regions after the conclusion of the conflict. Although the cause had been made known to the government, no action to ban or curtail the use of such harmful agro-chemicals had taken by either the Agriculture or the Health Ministry, Dr. Jayasurmana said.