I am a journalist, working as Balangir correspondent of the English daily "The Pioneer" and “The Industry and Mines Observer”, an English fortnightly magazine published from Bhubneshwar. I was awarded the Trophy for "Excellence in Journalism" by noted Columnist Sri Shivaji Sarkar,in the presence of Editor in Chief -of The Pioneer,Dr Chandan Mitra ,Editor of The Industry and Mines Observer (IMO) Sri Sirish Mohanty on June19,2012.
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Fast-growing parthenium poses health risk in Balangir June 04, 2011 12:05:44 PMSUDHIR MISHRA | Balangir
The partheniumweeds (28thApril2014 )inside hospital campus) ======================= Read this story which I had covered way back in 2011 about the health hazards due to parthenium weeds in Bolangir
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Fast-growing parthenium poses health risk in Balangir June 04, 2011 12:05:44 PM
SUDHIR MISHRA | Balangir
Much to the chagrin of the environmentalists, parthenium grass is growing fast
and spreading to greater areas in Balangir town here. The grass is conspicuous
wherever you go, be it inside the district headquarters hospital (DHH), PHD
Office, inside the Ayurvedic College or any open field in the town.
Parthenium or congress grass or carrot weed is one of the most noxious weeds of
the world belonging to the family of sunflower (asteraceae). It was
accidentally introduced in India in the late 1950s. It now spreads over most
part of the country sharing the niche of other plants.
“Its adaptability is amazing. Probably its long flowering pattern extending up
to six to seven months is regulating the factor.
Neither ornamental nor edible, the weed is a curse of nature for human beings
and other wild animals,” says a Lecturer in botany Aswini Rath. The parts of
the weed, including the pollen, contain toxins called sesquiterpene lactones
having parthenin and other phenolic acids (eg anisic acid, caffeic acid
Direct contact induces severe skin allergy known as parthenium dermatitis in
exposed parts, affecting hands, face, neck and even eye lids. Its management
needs long-term corticosteroids administration in the patient. It is also known
to cause asthma, bronchitis and hay-fever in man and livestock, Rath says further.
The plants should be uprooted before flowering and buried or killed with
suitable weedicides or burnt to get rid of it, Rath opines. CDMO Dr PC Sahu
says the weed causes skin allergies and aggravates asthma. But when asked about
the fast growing weed inside the hospital premises, Sahu said, “I would
certainly take steps to clear it very soon