Babul and Beeda causes oral cancer
The Health Ministry Oral Health Division said Narcotics Babul and
Beeda sold in the form of Betel to schoolchildren cause oral cancer.
A special meeting under the patronage of Minister Maithripala
Sirisena was held Wednesday evening in the Ministry to discuss bad
effects of drugs such as Babul and Beeda to human health, a communique
issued by the Health Ministry said. The Ministry instructed health
authorities to make students and the public aware of the bad effects of
such Narcotics imported from India, Pakistan and Bangaldesh and sold in
boutiques close to schools.
Ministry Oral Health Division Deputy Director General Dr Jayasundara
Bandara said if such drugs are once taken by a person, he becomes
addicted to it.
Which content of the drugs make people addicted has not yet been
ascertained. He said the effects to cause for oral cancer remain high in
Babul and Beeda with the percentage of 10 while the other ingredients
causing cancer take two to three percentage. Dr Jayasundara Bandara said
research are conducted to ascertain whether the usage of these drugs
causes for other diseases and the chemical content in them.