International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 6 Issue 1 2015- July 2015  Pages: 97- 105 <<Previous    Next>>

Incidence of diarrhea among children as an exposure to poor water quality and unimproved sanitation: A case of Farooqabad, Pakistan

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Sajid Noor1, Munazza Fatima2, Tabish Ahmed3
1- Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan
2- Lecturer, Department of Geography, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur Pakistan
3-Store Incharge, District Headquarter Hospital, Department of Health, Bahawalnagar, Pakistan

ABSTRACT

Availability of safe drinking water and sanitation are two major issues faced by population, lack of which is causing many health threats to community in developing countries, especially Pakistan. Current research is an attempt to analyze the exposure of these environmental health risks and their effect as incidence of diarrhea among children during 2012-2013 in a small unplanned town of Farooqabad, District Bahawalnagar. Main objective of research is to provide set of strategies for community participation and organization to minimize the environmental health threats in such areas. Data pertaining to basic demographics, sanitation, water supply and incidence of diarrhea was collected through extensive household survey while laboratory tests were carried out to check the drinking water quality and identification of bacterial contamination in water. Finally this study culminates a strategic framework to anticipate the local environment in a sustainable and healthy way. This study can be implemented in most of the towns of country which are considered as economically deprived areas.

Keywords: Environmental health, sanitation, water quality, diarrhea, community participation

DOI:10.6088/ijes.6011

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