Impact on healthcare service providers
Most of the health facilities have put IEC materials in their waiting room for patients and visitors to read. Also they have maintained the recording system of pesticide related cases. The history taking process has improved where health workers ask more about the causes of symptoms that could be associated with pesticides.
Chitra Kumar Sunuwar, the in-charge of the Geetanagar Health Post expressed his gratefulness to the Nepal Public Health Foundation for providing opportunity to learn about the IPM method and shared, “IPM is an effective measure to reduce harmful effects of pesticides and this must be used by all farmers.”
Having realized the importance of IPM, the Ward Chairperson, ward 6, Bharatpur Metropolitan City committed to allocate budget to initiate the pesticide minimization program. A FCHV of Geetanagar, Ms. Bhima Pandey demanded at least one-day awareness program to be organized for communities especially for pregnant and lactating women because they are more at risk due to pesticide exposure.