|Document ID (ISN)||77891|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0007-9936 - Cahiers de médecine interprofessionnelle
|Convention or series no.
||Fayomi B., Affedjou B., Affognon A., Toko I.
||Use of pesticides and clinical symptoms among children working in cotton fields in Aplahoué (Republic of Benin)
||Utilisation de pesticides et symptômes cliniques chez les enfants travaillant dans les champs de coton à Aplahoué (République du Bénin) [in French]|
||2000, Vol.40, No.2, p.147-154. 17 ref.
||In Benin, children are involved in the protective treatment of cotton alongside adults. Consequently, they handle organophosphorus and pyrethroid insecticides. A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in 1999 in the sub-prefecture of Aplahoué, situated in the southern part of the country. It highlighted the fact that during spraying, more than half the children did not take wind direction into account. They exhibited skin, neurological and respiratory clinical symptoms. On experiencing these symptoms, more than a third of the children resort to self-medication with dangerous products. With the use of pesticides, the issue of child labour takes a critical dimension in Benin. It is therefore urgent to take appropriate steps to put an end to this practice.
||cotton farming; symptoms; pesticide spraying; child labour; toxic substances
||children; Benin; organophosphorus compounds; neurological effects; respiratory diseases; skin diseases; cross-sectional study; pyrethroids
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Benin|
||Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
|Broad subject area(s)