Waterborne diseases


Guljan Shey Ibrahim

Around 62% of Pakistan’s urban and 84% of its rural population don’t treat their water that result in million of cases of diarrhoea disease registered in hospitals. With 40% of deaths attributed to drinking polluted water and unsafe drinking water is a source of many diseases including diarrhoea, typhoid, intestinal worms and hepatitis.
It is estimated, 250,000 children in Pakistan under the age of 5 years die every year due to waterborne diseases. Drinking contaminated water causes waterborne diseases, which contain pathogenic micro-organisms. Waterborne diseases appear to be the common health problems among Pakistanis. One of the basic reasons of the spread of the waterborne diseases is the mixing of drinking water and sewage pipelines. Plastic pipes are used for the supply of water, which are easily damaged, and result in contamination of drinking water.
—Turbat, Balochistan