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Water-borne diseases kill six million children worldwide

ORIGINAL: BRecorder
June 05, 2013

As many as 1.2 billion of people across the globe do not have an access to potable water whereas six million children are losing their lives due to water borne diseases and air pollution's annually worldwide
This was stated by GC University Faisalabad vice-chancellor Professor Dr Zakir Hussian at a meeting with the Department of Environmental Sciences at his chamber held in connection with World Environment Day.

Department Chairman Dr Farhat Abbas briefed the vice-chancellor about the activities of department regarding environmental issues. The vice-chancellor said that fatal water-borne diseases are becoming responsible for 40 percent of human deaths in Pakistan. He said that water pollution in Pakistan was taking nasty turn as 92 percent of waste water remained untreated and discharged into water resources.

He was of the view that untreated waste water, industrial effluent and agricultural run-off were poisoning our water that need to be curtailed by taking tangible steps and giving awareness to the masses. He showed his concerns that pumping out of huge groundwater had caused a sharp reduction in the water level of many feet. He said the water quality situation was an environmental catastrophe. He also said that maximum numbers of deaths in Asia were occurring owing to water and air pollution. He said that education, environment and economic are interlink to compete with the world.

He called for active involvement of all stakeholders to tackle the ever increasing problems of water pollution disturbing people. Professor Dr Farhat Abbas said that his department is taking all possible steps to train manpower in the water treatment with practical work to cater the need of the industry. He said that they are used to arrange national and international seminars to sensitise the masses about the issues. He said that in Jan, the GCUF arranged International Conference on the Global Environmental Changes in which renowned scientists of the world participated and presented their research papers before the gathering. He said that more than 150 research papers were presented in the conference.

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