By Nasab Saeed
The number of people suffering from water borne diseases is on the rise among the population of village Gulmit, Gojal, a new study by young, local activists has revealed.
More than 50 percent respondent households said one or more of their family members suffered from one or another form of water borne disease, such as sore throat, diarrhea, skin infections, bad belly and typhoid at some point during the last three years.
The study, that involved 60 households, also found that 45 percent of respondents used irrigation channel water for drinking purpose, without performing any decontamination procedure.
It is pertinent to mention here that Gulmit is facing extreme level of pure water shortage from the last three to four years. Office bearers of the village’s water management committee said increase in population of the village and abrupt commercialization has increased the village’s water demand. The capacity of the existing water source is unable to meet up to the rising demand, said Mr. Saif Uddin, a member of the village’s water management committee.
“The existing water source is not enough to meet the village’s water demand. We have additional sources of water, but we lack the resources needed to connect it to the existing water supply system,” said Mr. Saif.
The study also found that the people of Gulmit normally face water shortage for several days.
Hospital source also said that sore throat, skin diseses, malaria and bad belly are the major diseases prevailing in gulmit village. They further advised the villagers to boil water before drinking.
“Water shortage has made our lives miserable. We are unable to run our daily errands because we count on water for almost every work at home,” said a woman of Gulmit.