An alert apprehension titled âThe Unsafe Future of Safe Drinking Waterâ conceded by UN World Water Observance 2014, reveals severe risks of multiple disabilities due to underground hydro-toxication's pandemic out-breaks of the sewage system's sprout off-shoot explosiveness.
Online PR News – 04-April-2014 – 04-07-2014/ NYC – (Sci-Tech-:/Breaking News Feature: Health-Water Nexus-:03/22 to 04/7â2014):
Water is the fundamental essential for all of the living beings on earth, including the human beings. Indispensably and vitally, it comes to be the principal denominator of all challenges concerning the survival, subsistence, sustainability and development of the diverse realms in connection of humankindthus encompassing the all-around core and conjoint dominions of United Nations MDGs.
The United Nations has proclaimed 2005-2015 as the UN-Water Decade, with a theme-specified focus entitled âWater for Lifeâ by its Resolution No. A/RES/58/217.
According to the UNESCO released 'UN-WWD 2014 Reportâ, along with the â2005-20015 "Water-Life" Decade Indicatorsâ by SAIRI, in connection to the âWorld Health Observances 2014â, some 768 million people do not have access to an improved source of water, and 2.5 billion do not have access to appropriate sanitation. More than 57% of the world population is on high stakes of vector-borne diseases, for which in almost 72-83% cases, unsafe drinking water is one of the major attributable provenance root-sources.
A thematic âsituation report' on 'health-water nexus' titled as âThe Unsafe Future of Safe Drinking Waterâ has been released by 'SAIRI Initiative' on the UN-Water Decade 2005-2015, through the World Health Day 2014. Water is the fundamental essential for all of the living beings on earth, including the human beings. Indispensably and vitally, it comes to be the principal denominator of all challenges concerning the survival, subsistence, sustainability and development of the diverse realms in connection of humankindâthus encompassing the all-around core and conjoint dominions of United Nationsâ MDGs.
The evidence-based report is coincided with a specific focus and recommendations on the subject-matter, that concisely highlights the threatening and lethal short-falls alongwith the grim consequences of the present sewage system and its stark linkages with sub-soil water reserves extensive austere toxifications.
âAmid the greatest challenges to be faced by present as well as the future generations to come, is the availability of safe âdrinkable water'. The complexities swirling around the âtask on handsââ âThe Unsafe Future of Safe Drinking Waterâ are central to any rational consideration regarding the nexus-matters of adequate sewage, proper sanitation and the sustainability of the resources of âsafe waterââŚâ, points out the foreword note of SAIRIâs WWD 2005-15 Situation Report.
According to UNâs statistical estimations, some 8,69,000 children under five, die every year due to toxically germ-infested unsafe drinking waterâalmost over 3-4 babies a minute. Countless others fall in serious sufferings of long-term health consequences. Inadequate sanitation and ecologically incompatible sewage-drainage systems are the primary causes of the present situation.
The sewage outlets of the urban areas necessarily do impose a disproportionate and unfair burden on the lands where mostly the poor populations are inhabited. As a result, the soil along with subsoil water reservoirs, essentially become inept to shield against the burdens of both, the inorganic and organic wastesâ toxicities imposed thereupon, due to being incapable of bearing and processing this âdisproportionate and unfair toxic burdenâ. In turn,âŚ âeventually and logically, the sources of water allocations for human consumption are left on high stakesâŚâ, elaborately establishes the SAIRIâs decade report on water toxicity.
The UNâs children's rights organization further estimates, along with the World Health Organization (WHO), that 10 countries are home to almost two-thirds of the global population without access to improved drinking water sources: China (108 million), India (99 million), Nigeria (63 million), Ethiopia (43 million), Indonesia (39 million), Congo (37 million), Bangladesh (26 million), Tanzania (22 million), Kenya (16 million) and Pakistan (16 million).
The SAIRIâs indication report goes on to pointing out that places where people do not have adequate access to water largely coincide with those where toxicity-centered diseases endemics in general, and embryonic-teratogenesis pandemic out-breaks in particular, are threateningly high.
The âUN-World Water Observances 2014â, were marked under two separate themes: âWater-Energy Nexusâ by the UNU in Tokyo, Japan and the âWater-Health Nexusâ in the SAARC region, by the SAIRI. The former theme was focused in perspectives of developed countries, whilst the later highlighted serious concerns with a focus on undeveloped countries, particularly the least developed countries (LDCs) of Asia and Africa regions respectively. The Tokyo celebrations started by 3/20 to mark the WWD, whereas the SAARC processions continued to be concluded up by 4/7-The WHO International day, for the thematic association thereto.
The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon said in his central note to the World Water Observance-2014 that, âLet us pledge to develop the policies needed to ensure that sustainable water and energy are secured for the many and not just the few.â
The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, stressed in a distinct note, that âill-thought out allocation of water has a disproportionate effect on the poorest sectors of societyâ and that âit is crucial that Governments apply a human rights framework to guide their actions.â
On behalf of SAARC sectorâs academic alliance on subsoil water toxicity research initiative, the SAIRIâs Senior Director Prof. Umar Farooq, Pro-VC Dow University of Health Sciences, thematically emphasized that, âImproper and untreated disposal of sanitary water and untreated industrial waste is resulting in contamination of sub soil water, and thus threatening the nature".
For their thematic part, added the SAIRIâs Principal Investigator alongwith the DUHS Pro-VC, and the UNESCO-SAARC chair at PU, in a cautioning note that âHuman beings consuming the sub-soil water and the crops in which the water is used, become a source of spread of avertable severe diseases. We have to raise the awareness globally for the prevention of contamination of natural reservoirs of waterâ.
The Rector of United Nations University (UNU), David Malone, this year's coordinator of World Water Day on behalf of UN-Water together with UNIDO, said that "Significant policy gaps exist in this nexus at present, and the UN plays an instrumental role in providing evidence and policy-relevant guidanceâŚ We seek to inform decision-makers, stakeholders and practitioners about the interlinkages, potential synergies and trade-offs, and highlight the need for appropriate responses and regulatory frameworks that account for both water and energy priorities. From UNU's perspective, it is essential that we stimulate more debate and interactive dialogue around possible solutions to our energy and water challenges."
The subsoil hydro-toxification theme initiator Prof. Qadhi Aurangzeb Hafi said in SAIRIâs indications report that, âAcademically, on the face of the subject under focus, we must acknowledge that it is impossible to address these complexities, if we treat them in isolation. We need to recognize the multifarious interactions between them that are closely interlinkedâ. âThe many strong links between sewage, sanitation and sustainability of âsafe waterâ, do call for a coherent approach coupled by integrated policies and innovative stratagems, but all that, collectively, within an eco-compatibility focus frameworkâ. , notes further the multi-disciplinary arch-researcher Prof. Hafi, who is credited for foremostly identifying the teratogenic effect of underground waterâs contaminations responsible for complex embryonic hydro-toxicity resulting in multiple disabilities at pre-birth stages as well as in the newly born.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova emphasized that âThere is enough water in the world for everyone. What we continue to lack is better governance and the collective courage to craft fair compromise solutionsâ. She said, adding âIt is about improving maternal health, curbing child mortality, and preserving the environment.â
The WWD Observance-2014, that marks the second last year of the theme-specific decade as well, however took it steps further by embracing a thematic debate highlighting the concerns related to severe contamination of underground water reserves, along with its pandemic out-breaks and life-threatening vector-borne health consequences, which are perpetuated by the wide-extent practice of prevailing sewage drainage system, that is not at all âecologically compatibleâ, neither âhuman rights ethicality or morality-orientedâ, nor âenvironmentally sustainableâ by no means, at any measure.
It has been portentously learnt as a high alarming concern, that by polluting the underground water reservoirs, we have affected not only the soil or the waterâbut whole of the environment in its totality, to that a threatfull extent that the present-day generation is progressively leaving the earth a tougher place for the next generations to survive, that could be an easier place to live otherwise as that,âthat we inherited from centuries and millenniums of our ancestor generations.