Read On About the Deterioration of Health and Proliferation of Chemicals Around us From Madhu Chandan (Founder of Organic Mandya) Himself.
"I was born in the General Hospital in Mandya in 1977. The stone building hospital is located in the centre of the 25-acre campus. As one entered the hospital in the main building and turned to the right, there were four male wards with two beds each. On the left side were four female wards with two beds each. But there were hardly any patients lying there. The population in Mandya in 1977 according to census was five lakhs. For the whole district there was just one hospital,” Madhu Chandan reminisced.
"There was a road that ran next to the hospital called Hospital Road where there was just one medical shop selling medicines in 1977. When he came in back in 2014, the population had gone up to 20 lakhs."
“That means a 16-bed hospital should become 64-bed hospital as we have progressed and since technology is there and we have become more intelligent, the bed strength should come down. Instead, the General Hospital has become a 750-bed hospital and added to this is a Medical College — Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences. Besides, there are 45 medical shops on one road and in Mandya city there are 52 private nursing homes and in the whole city, 202 medical shops. Nothing has progressed according to proportion.
Instead it has gone haywire. There are 650-plus Primary Health Centres in Srirangapatna, Nagamangala, K.R. Pet, Malavalli — all put together. What this indicates is that health of Mandya is deteriorating,” he rued.
This is not just the story of Mandya but the whole of Karnataka today. In one generation, life expectancy has gone down by 30 years. Added to this the health of the youth has deteriorated, wealth is gone and they are in deep debts and people with just two or three acres of land-holdings are migrating, is what he found in his study. But the farmers with self-respect who have become old and are not able to migrate are committing suicide setting themselves on fire in sugarcane fields.