The right to clean water is for everyone.
The sudden and sharp rise of citizens in the capital suffering from diarrhoea and cholera over the last few weeks is a matter of great concern.
One that should be ringing alarm bells all across our national health apparatus.
While many fingers are being pointed at the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority.
An institution that already does not have the best of reputations with the general public.
Any and all traces of this sudden epidemic are still unclear.
What is expressly clear, however, is that we have dangerous levels of pollution affecting our water supply.
And that not enough is being done to remedy this issue.
Water is the very source of life but it is often but it has also caused much woe for citizens, and indeed Bangladeshis in general, for a long time.
And now, with diarrhoea and cholera patient admission crossing 1,000 almost every day at the icddr,b in the capital.
It seems the status quo is being maintained.
However, the problems Dhaka’s water supply faces are beyond mere contamination.
With the water table diminishing at an alarming rate and with our rivers in a dire condition.
We could be looking at a serious water crisis just around the corner unless we take immediate action.
Yes, this is an environmental issue, first and foremost.
Climate change is one of the major factors causing an increase in non-communicable disease cases in Bangladesh.
And that fact needs to be taken into cognizance when dealing with our water pollution problem.
We need to take action now, or it will be too late. Our rivers need to be exhaustively cleaned up.
Old pipelines will have to be replaced, and general awareness regarding water pollution needs to be fostered.
As one of the building blocks of life itself, the right to clean water is for everyone.
Of the public health events recorded throughout Africa between 2001 and 2021, 56% were climate-related, the UN health agency said.
In Africa, frequent floods, water- and vector-borne diseases are deepening health crises, said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa.