Year: 1982 Source: Bulletin of the World Health Organization, v.60, no.4, (1982), p.615-619 SIEC No: 19870578

This study included a sample survey of the clinical records of patients admitted to the different hospitals in Sri Lanka, & showed that approximately 13000 patients are admitted to hospitals annually for pesticide poisoning & that each year 1000 of them die. Suicide attempts account for 73% of the total, & occupational & accidental poisoning account for 24.9%. It is recommended that urgent action be taken to minimize the extent of the problem. 9 Refs. (LH)