Title : Assessment of Public Health Affected by Municipal Piped Water Supply in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

Authors : Hossain T, Sikder TM, & Jakariya M.

Abstract : This study was performed to assess the local public health impacts caused from the consumption of the municipal water supply in the study area. A field survey was conducted in Bangladesh National Hospital to get a statistical overview of the water borne health hazards' incidence rates among the dwellers of Sutrapur Thana. The study found that about 40% of all the patients in the hospital got admitted due to different types of water borne diseases. The most common water borne diseases observed were: diarrhea (about 40.7%), typhoid (about 32.3%), dysentery (about 6.6%) and hepatitis A (about 10.5%). Children were found to be the most vulnerable to these diseases. About 70% of the total water borne disease incidences was children. On the other hand, the incidence rate was highest (58.9%) in the wet season (June), whereas it was lowest (17.9%) in the dry season (January). However, when respondents from local community were asked to give their perception on the safety of the supplied water, 100% claimed that the water was unsafe for drinking purpose.

Journal : International Journal of Environmental Protection and Policy Volume : 3 Year : 2015 Issue :
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