Published: Thursday 28 February 2002

Arsenic has entered the food chain of the Bangladeshis through irrigation systems used to grow grain, say health experts. "It is not only the ill- effects of arsenic (from drinking of water) but also because of irrigation of grain fields with arsenic contaminated water," reveals Mahmuder Rahman of Dhaka Community Hospital (DCH).

In Bangladesh, around 10,000 people have been identified to be suffering from arsenic-related diseases while more than 25 million may be facing similar danger, health officials said.

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