Polluted water and Sindh

Safe water is an essential human right, but a major part of Sindh has no access to clean water. Despite the tall claims, Sindh government has failed to provide potable water to citizens. The provincial government used 29 billion rupees on water supply drainage schemes during the past five years. Sadly, 582 water supply and sanitation schemes out of 1337 are non-functional.
Sindh government allotted 11.76 billion for development schemes of water supply and sanitation in the year 2017-18 but development work only appears on papers. People are infected by water-borne diseases such as HBV or HCV, HAV and HEV. Infants are suffering more than adults because their immune system is weak. Therefore, diarrhea, cholera, typhoid fever and other diseases are common in infants due to polluted water. Infants die due to the water pollution and malnutrition in Thar and other parts of the province.
Thar is the most affected part of Sindh where many children have lost their lives due to the unhygienic food and water. Engro Company is working in Thar to extract coal and it has dug many wells. Salty and polluted water of these wells is thrown out, which increases the menace of water pollution in Thar. People’s health is at high risk. But the matter of fact is that poor people have no choice except to drink polluted water
It is the need of the hour that government should consider this matter seriously because this is the matter of healthy life of the citizens of Sindh. Sindh government must take steps on an urgent basis to save innocent lives.
RIAZ AHMED
Wahi Pandhi

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