Why protecting our environment is a must for safeguarding health

A recently published report by WHO says that around 844 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service, including 159 million people who are dependent on surface water. It also mentions that globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces

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In order to have safe health it is necessary to have safe environment. When water is contaminated, it is bound to be a cause behind different diseases. Even as healthcare services are coming up with strategies to deal with water-borne diseases, it is imperative to work on the root cause behind these diseases.

The safety and accessibility of drinking-water are major concerns throughout the world. Health risks may arise from consumption of water contaminated with infectious agents, toxic chemicals, and radiological hazards. Improving access to safe drinking-water can result in tangible improvements to health

Contaminated water can transmit diseases such diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. Contaminated drinking water is estimated to cause 502, 000 diarrhoeal deaths each year, according to statistics published by WHO.

The report also estimates that by 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. In low and middle-income countries, 38% of healthcare facilities lack an improved water source, 19% do not have improved sanitation, and 35% lack water and soap for handwashing.

Dr Vinitaa Apte, Founder Director of TREE Policy Centre from Pune, which works in the field of sustainable development, said, “We have always known ‘Water’ as ‘Life.’ Ironically, since decades, humans have been undergoing the medical catastrophes through fatal water-borne diseases. More we put an end to our negative interventions in our surroundings, more we can lead a healthy life. Clean water means healthy life. If we keep polluting the rivers, the oceans it will bounce back to our health. We must keep the water resources clean and unpolluted, and should not treat  it as dumping grounds for garbage. Keeping the rivers clean is our responsibility.”

Dr Jayant Nawarange, senior paediatrician from Pune said, “When we all are working on how to treat patients suffering from water-borne diseases, it is necessary to think first on how to prevent the root cause of the problem. It is time that we should start proving safe drinking water for all and should take up the responsibility to clean our ecology.”