The drama of the teacher who lives with glyphosate in her body

The drama of the teacher who lives with glyphosate in her body

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Although it seems like a joke in bad taste, after three years of suffering, comings and goings, Estela Lemes, director of School No. 66 "Bartolito Miter", continues without concrete answers. In January, after several studies, he was informed that he had 1.8 glyphosate in his body, ART continues without giving him answers - despite the fact that the condition he is experiencing was caused by the illegal fumigation of a field adjacent to the school in hours work - and now you will probably have to go to the hospital.

ElDía spoke with the teacher, who reported that the Justice contacted her through a deputy director of the Fiscal Unit for the Investigation of Crimes Against the Environment (UFIMA), who "asked the Judge to continue with the investigation." as indicated by telephone.

“It had transpired that the case was closed, because there was not enough evidence, supposedly. But this call from UFIMA contradicts this version, "he said.

Regarding his state of health, he said that he is undergoing medical treatment at the Center for Neurology and Psychophysical Recovery (Cener) in Galarza. "I have a neurological problem due to the insecticide that was found in my blood by the application of 2012. I am under medical treatment, in addition to medication I have to do kinesiology," he said.

The insecticide in his blood - which had been discovered before the appearance of the study that determined the presence of glyphosate - affected his neurological system, so he regularly became dizzy and lost air frequently, and the muscles of his arms and legs, that permanently hurt. In this sense, Lemes indicated that he is evaluating the possibility of entering Cener: “I don't want to stop working, quite the opposite. But it is difficult to get daily kinesiology shifts in Gualeguaychú, so I am going to hospital for intensive treatment, so as not to suffer muscle atrophy ”.

On the other hand, beyond the judicial issue and the specific treatment to which she is being subjected, the teacher must also fight with the ART, which ignored the case.

“Last week, my lawyers sent a telegram to the Board of Education, the Ministry of Education and the ART to take charge and take it as an occupational risk disease. I never worked elsewhere, only in a school in the Ibicuy Islands, but there was never fumigation; I came here 15 years ago and it is in the only place that I could have caught what I have, "he added, with concern.

September 2012 was the date that totally changed the life of this rural teacher. Although the fumigations were not new, "before they warned and we knew that on that day at that time they were going to fumigate", but that day, which was decisive for their future, they did not.

“I have never been so exposed to poison before. That day I went out to the patio, I didn't know that they were going to spray so close to the school, and well… now I have to deal with all this, ”lamented the teacher, while reporting that although the spraying continues, now -at least- they are carried out with prior notice.

Glyphosate is carcinogenic

Last year, it was confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Through the International Agency for Research on Cancer (Iarc), dependent on the WHO, five pesticides were declared as "possible" or "probable" carcinogens. The herbicide glyphosate (an active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, one of the best-selling herbicides) and the insecticides diazinon and malathion have been classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans”.

In Argentina, some 300 million liters of glyphosate are used in 28 million hectares, especially where soy is produced.

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