Arsenic contaminated water cause of cancer

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STAFF REPORT KHI: It is alarming that arsenic-laced water is being consumed in the city, which is one of the major causes of cancer, said Dr Zafar Fatmi, an environmental health expert and associate professor at Aga Khan University.

Dr. Fatmi was speaking at a seminar recently organised by the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (Fuuast) to mark the World Water Day. He explained how arsenic contamination has greatly affected human health and said failure to provide clean water to the people of South Asia can lead to increased child mortality.

According to him, diseases such as hepatitis, polio, dengue, malaria and diarrhoea are spread through the consumption of contaminated or arsenic-laced water.

Misbahuddin Farid, Managing Director of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, as chief guest showed a short documentary to the students on how water is supplied and how their system works.


Published in: Volume 07 Issue 15

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