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Water-borne diseases: KWSB asked to supply chlorinated potable water

KARACHI: Pakistan Medical Association Centre Secretary General Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad has urged the civic authorities to ensure proper chlorination of water supplied throughout Karachi city so as to prevent citizens from Naegleria fowleri and other water-borne diseases.

Talking to PPI, Dr Qaisar Sajjad said the water being supplied to the city was not properly chlorinated, as there was more threat of fatal diseases like Naegleria fowleri. Naegleria, known as the brain-eating amoeba, is commonly found in warm freshwater like ponds, tanks, lakes and swimming pools, he said.

Experts suggest proper chlorination of water

Medical experts have demanded for proper chlorination of water as Karachi fears more cases of naegaleria floweri due to lack of proper chlorination of potable water being supplied by the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB).

As per a recent survey, 40per cent water samples collected from different parts of Karachi were not properly chlorinated which increased chances of fatal disease of naegaleria floweri. However, the citizens could make water of their underground tanks safer with simple methods like the use of household bleach, commonly used for cloth washing.

Provision of Safe Drinking Water: A New Challenge for Pakistan

By the end of the year 2020, the population of Karachi is expected to be approximately 23 million and the demand of water would be 1242 MGD (54 GPCD). And the short fall of water will be of 600 MGD (2700 ml/day).

The looming threat of clean drinking water scarcity constitutes one of the biggest challenges to Pakistan’s survival. This threat is not less dangerous than that of terrorism because it has been taking millions of lives, especially those of children, every year. Water is the most important and basic necessity for human life. Without water life can’t exist.

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