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Over 78pc of population face high stakes of vector-borne diseases: UN

Published on 14th Apr, Edition 15, 2014


More than 78 percent of the world population is on high stakes of vector-borne diseases due to toxically-infested unsafe drinking water — for which, in almost 72-83 percent cases, particularly in the developing countries of Asian and African regions, the ecologically non compatible sewage system is the major attributable provenance root-source, learnt the World Health Observance through UN WWD 2005-2015 program.

According to the UN statistical records, over 8,69,000 children under five, die every year due to toxically germ-infested unsafe drinking water almost over 3-4 babies a minute. Countless others fall in serious sufferings of long-term health consequences. Inadequate sanitation and ecologically incompatible sewage-drainage systems are the primary causes of the present situation.

The sewage outlets of the urban areas necessarily do impose a disproportionate and unfair burden on the lands where mostly the poor populations are inhabited. As a result, the soil along with subsoil water reservoirs, essentially become inept to shield against the burdens of both, the inorganic and organic wastes toxicities imposed thereupon, due to being incapable of bearing and processing this disproportionate and unfair toxic burden.  In turn, “eventually and logically, the sources of water allocations for human consumption are left on high stakes”, cautioningly mentions a thematic report titled ‘Subsoil Hydro-toxification Indicators’ by SAIRI’s ‘Hydro-De-Tox’ Initiative for Asia and Africa.

The ‘subsoil hydro-toxications’ theme initiator Qadhi Prof. Aurangzeb Al Hafi said in SAIRI’s indications report that, “Academically, on the face of the subject under focus, we must acknowledge that it is impossible to address these complexities, if we treat them in isolation. We need to recognize the multifarious interactions between them that are closely interlinked”. “Places where people do not have adequate access to water largely coincide with those where toxicity-centered diseases endemics in general, and embryonic-teratogenesis pandemic out-breaks in particular, are threateningly high.” Notes further the multi-disciplinary arch-researcher Prof. Hafi, who is credited for foremostly identifying the teratogenic effect of underground water’s contaminations responsible for complex embryonic hydro-toxicity resulting in multiple disabilities at pre-birth stages as well as in the newly born.  The evidence-based SAIRI report is two-fold and primarily focuses on the multi-causal segment-orbs of pre-birth disabilities due to complex embryonic toxications, comprehensively briefs that how the subject under focus-Teratogenicity matters, and why it merits the global attention, in general, and of the academia and the policy making hierarchies.

The UN’s children’s rights organization estimates, along with the World Health Organization (WHO), that 10 countries are home to almost two-thirds of the global population without access to improved drinking water sources: China (108 million), India (99 million), Nigeria (63 million), Ethiopia (43 million), Indonesia (39 million), Congo (37 million), Bangladesh (26 million), Tanzania (22 million), Kenya (16 million) and Pakistan (16 million).

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova emphasized that “There is enough water in the world for everyone. What we continue to lack is better governance and the collective courage to craft fair compromise solutions”. She said, adding “It is about improving maternal health, curbing child mortality, and preserving the environment.”

Water is the fundamental essential for all of the living beings on earth, including the human beings. Indispensably and vitally, its sustainability in the comprehensive ecological perspectives comes to be the principal denominator of all challenges concerning the survival, subsistence, sustainability and development of the diverse realms in connection of humankind including the air we breathe of, the water we survive upon, the agricultural crops and plant-kingdom we sustain with, the animals we depend of and finally whole of the environment in its totality we live in, thus encompassing the all-around core and conjoint dominions of humankind’s concerns commonalities hemmed in the United Nations’ MDGs.

The United Nations proclaimed 2005-2015 as the UN-Water Decade, with a theme-specified focus entitled ‘Water for Life’ by its Resolution No. A/RES/58/217.

The WWD Observance-2014, that marks the second last year of the theme-specific decade as well, however took it steps further by embracing a thematic debate highlighting the concerns related to severe contamination of underground water reserves, along with its pandemic out-breaks and life-threatening vector-borne consequences, covering not only the human health perspectives and  priority concerns, but of  all the biological systems on earth including both, the animal and the plant kingdoms which are being severely affected by the perpetuated multiplex of toxications of the wide-extent practice of prevailing sewage drainage system, that is not at all ecologically compatible, neither human rights ethicality or morality-oriented, nor environmentally sustainable by no means, at any measure.


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