Polluted Water Causes Illness in Pakistan
In Lahore, Pakistan, doctors are reporting twice the usual number of illnesses caused by stomach viruses due to polluted water and unwashed food. According to Dr Basit of the Mayo Hospital’s Emergency ward, children are the hardest hit by the recent spike in disease. Bacteria and viruses are growing in sewers and garbage dumps, and it is advised that people not buy chopped fruit from street vendors. Even the sale of ice bars might be banned until the problem is under control.
It is usual for cases of stomach pain, vomiting, diarrohea and typhoid to increase during the summer, and even though polluted water is often the cause, it is vital that people stay properly hydrated. Dr Inam-ul-Haq, Executive District Officer for Health said the government is taking measures to improve the sanitation of water, including chlorination. In the mean time it is advised that drinking water be boiled.