Doctors and scientists from various parts of the country, who were here to attend a three-day Punjab Science Congress, today said that environmental toxicity in Punjab was high.
Some scientists were of the opinion that all the three major types of toxicity —chemical, radiation and biological — were rampant in Punjab. A section of doctors observed that government spending on the public health care in the state was far from satisfactory. “The adverse effects of toxicity on animals and humans are visible and some studies have proved this. It is clear that Punjab is in a deep ecological crisis for rampant use of chemicals and pesticide in agriculture,” said Dr SS Gill, Vice Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS).