Asbestos poisoning was covered up by doctors, claims health teamBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7409.248-c (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:248
- Ganapati Mudur
- New Delhi
Doctors in India are under pressure to label patients with asbestos poisoning as having tuberculosis or bronchitis and to underplay the health impact of asbestos, a public health team has said.
Many thousands of people in India suffer from lung diseases caused by exposure to asbestos, occupational health specialists said at a press conference last week, reiterating their demand for a ban on asbestos.
India uses around 125 000 tonnes of asbestos each year, which it imports mostly from Canada and Russia. Nearly all (90%) …