'Climate change poses serious threat to public health'


30 March, 2018 15:41 PM

'Climate change poses serious threat to public health'

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Speakers at a seminar here on Thursday observed that adverse impact of climate change has been posing a serious threat to the overall public health especially relating to water and sanitation in the region including the vast Varendra tract. 

To address the problem, substantial and sustainable promotion of water and sanitation related modern technologies have become an urgent need as the vulnerable water and sanitation situation is closely associated with the climate change, they added. 

The observations came at the daylong seminar on findings of a study held in the conference hall of Civil Surgeon Office in the city. 

Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) organized the seminar titled "The Effects of Climate Vulnerability, Seasonal Variations and Environmental Events on Drinking Water Quality, Diarrhea Prevalence and WASH Behaviour in Bangladesh". 

Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) Mosaddeque Hossain Bulbul addressed the seminar as chief guest with assistant director of Divisional Directorate of Health Dr Ismat Ara in the chair. 

Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Enamul Haque, deputy director of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital Dr Rustam Ali, RCC Chief Health Officer Dr AFM Anjuman Ara Begum and medical officer of Civil Surgeon Officer Dr Prodish Kimar Biswas also spoke. During his keynote presentation, Dr Asheque Ahmed, Disease Surveillance Consultant of IEDCR, said the issue of safe drinking water and sanitation isn't only individual or personal problem but also a national problem. So, there's no alternative to ensure transparency, accountability and good governance everywhere in the sector. 

Dr Asheque termed water as a fundamental human right and stressed the need for making the water accessible to all, especially the poor and marginal farmers, who are deprived of the basic rights, due to varied reasons, including the adverse impacts of climate change. 

The climate change driven water scarcity triggers prevalence of various diseases like diarrhea, jaundice and hepatitis, he added.