Sometimes we usually neglect a small problem which could convert into a big one. We are concentrating on politics, doing dharnas, dramas and everything possible but nobody knows about the water issue in Pakistan due to which millions of people are in danger. As we know that human being is dependent on water, do we also know that in Pakistan this water contains too much Arsenic?
Let me explain you a little bit about Arsenic.
Arsenic is one of the most common contaminants in drinking water. It is tasteless and odorless, but toxic to humans. When it is taken over a long period, it can lead to various diseases, including function changes in liver and kidney and to various types of cancer.
Arsenic naturally occurs in the subsoil and can dissolve in the groundwater by weathering. World Health Organization (WHO) is assuming that around 150 million people are dependent on groundwater with arsenic, which is harmful to health.
The new study conducted by the
Eawag Research Institute shows, 50 to 60 million people in Pakistan alone could be exposed to an increased health risk from arsenic. In many places in the country, the burden of the groundwater has crossed the limit set by the WHO, reports a team of Joel Podgorski from Eawag with colleagues from Pakistan in the “Science Advances” section.
Eawag, the population in eastern Punjab and around Hyderabad is particularly exposed to health risks. A total of 50 to 60 million people are dependent on groundwater with arsenic values above 50 micrograms per liter – the limit value in Pakistan – an alarmingly high figure, which shows how important this is to investigate every pump.
Moreover, international media is alarming about this problem but why is our government unconcerned?
Now, “the presence of arsenic in drinking water is becoming a widespread health risk,” said Luis Rodríguez-Lado, a chemist with the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain who was not involved in the study. Yet “there is a general lack of information” about which areas in Asia are most at risk.
“It’s the government’s duty to provide us with clean and clear drinking water, but everywhere we have to travel in search of clean water,” Hasan told AP while filling a large jug to take home.
But are there some solutions? No, there are only some hypotheses.
Podgorski emphasizes that Leachate could dissolve arsenic from the alkaline soil and accumulate in the groundwater. So far this is only a guess. This possible relationship must be examined more closely.
One would have to rely on alternative sources of water, for example, from deeper layers of rock, or remove the arsenic from the water.
I want to convey a message to my nation that awareness of the health risks and the coordination of official counter measures are very important because the problem is now urgent. I am asking you what do you prefer: Life or Death?