ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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SECURITY FORCES-Growing Lawlessness

districts. The parasite is reported to have undergone 'genetic change' in several districts so that it is not responding to current regimens of treatment. This is known to occur often as a consequence of a mismanaged programme of control and prevention (such as excessive spraying of DDT) as well as due to irrational drug treatment. Further, many of these districts are those declared as drought- Stricken by the state government. But while the problem has been easily located in the biomedical sphere, its socio-historic roots have been brushed aside. That an 'alarming increase' should have occurred of a disease which comes under the purview of a special programme for control and prevention is itself a comment on the disastrous state of health services; that the government should be so loth to recognise the part played by the deepening of the economic crisis in the deaths is worse. Acknowledging the biomedical angle and not the economic is an old and accepted response of the state.

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