BINOD: Kathmandu Metropolitan lacks financial support from the government which has resulted in lagging of awareness programmes on safe drinking water tend to be operated in Kathmandu Metropolitan City.
The Environment and Public Health Organisation, a non-government organisation that used to provide “Piyush” a chlorine solution used for disinfecting water, to KMC during the awareness campaign in the past, has stopped providing the water purifier in subsidized price for various schools and communities.
Narendra Bajracharya, chief of Public Health Department at KMC, said it was in need of support of organizations to the government to carry out awareness-raising programmes on safe drinking water on regular basis.
KMC said more than half of the diseases are caused by contaminated water and approximately 50 per cent of the patients visiting the primary healthcare clinics run by KMC for treatment are found to be suffering from waterborne diseases. The most common ailments are diarrhea, dysentery, fever and skin allergy.
“We do not only provide medicine to patients but also advise them to drink safe water either by using Piyush or after filtering it to prevent themselves from waterborne diseases like: bacterial diseases, parasitical diseases, viral diseases and chemical diseases which are caused by contaminated water,” Bajracharya said.
KMC operates as many as 27 clinics across Kathmandu and provides primary healthcare services in immunisation, family planning, maternal-child health care, oral health, dental health, mental health, environment hygiene and directly observed treatment. Free medicine distribution, nutrition, food hygiene, safe drinking water and monitoring the growth of children below the age of five are other areas where KMC works.
There are no agencies operating in association with KMC to organise awareness campaigns on safe drinking water
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