Waterborne diseases coming down in rural areas

Waterborne diseases coming down in rural areas

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Recurrence of waterborne and mal-nutrition related diseases and related deaths have been reduced to the minimum in rural areas following continuous improvement of all health indexes.During the past six and a half years, the rural people have achieved
laudable success in health, hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, safe drinking water, nutrition and safe delivery following massive government steps and awareness building activities.The government health officials and workers, union health sub-centres and community clinics have been playing vital roles along with different other concerned departments and organisations, NGOs, WHO and UNICEF to achieve the substantial success.According to Principal of Rangpur Medical College and noted medicine specialist Professor Dr Zakir Hossain, recurrence of diarrhoea, cholera,dysentery, hookworm and ringworm has been reduced to the minimum.Community Medicine Specialist of Rangpur Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) Dr Fazlul Haque said rate of neonatal, child and maternal mortalities has also been reduced to the minimum as a result of huge awareness created among the rural people.Gynecologist of RMCH Dr Kamrun Nahar Jui and child specialist Shariful Islam said the community clinics are playing due roles in achieving the success through providing health, hygiene and nutrition-related services and information to rural people.Former Rangpur Divisional Director (Health) Dr Shahadat Hossain said
recurrence of waterborne diseases among the people has been reduced to the minimum improving all public health indexes in recent years.The rural health, hygiene and nutrition situations have marked laudable improvement following re-launching and strengthening of the community clinics and health sub-centres by the government to ensure medicare services for the rural people.
Besides, safe deliveries are being performed at many community clinics reducing rate of maternal and child deaths pushing the country towards achieving the set millennium development goals (MDGs), he furthered.Executive Director of ‘North Bengal Institute of Development Studies’ Dr Syed Samsuzzaman said heath indexes of rural people have marked improvement during the past six and a half years with almost no report of waterborne disease-related deaths now.Talking to BSS, chairman of Chandanpat union parishad in Rangpur Aminur Rahman said rural people are now aware about health, hygiene, sanitation, personal hygiene, using safe drinking water and they do not use the open places as toilets as in the pasts.
Head of Programme Coordination of RDRS Bangladesh Monjusree Saha said the number of waterborne disease-related child and maternal deaths has come down also in the remote char area where the number was alarmingly high even a decade ago.The exceptional success has been achieved following hectic GO-NGO efforts in motivating rural people for better life with the help of the field level health workers, local community leaders and public representatives, she added.Social workers Akhterun Nahar Saki and Shahidul Islam said the success has been achieved by the rural people also following substantial improvement of their socioeconomic conditions in recent years.Rural housewives Sonavan, Mollika begum, Sabiha Khatun, Sakuntola Rani, Anarkoli, Rasheda, and Sultana Parveen of different villages said waterborne diseases have disappeared since they started using sanitary latrines,drinking safe and pure water.
Specialist physicians Dr Mofizul Islam Mantu and Dr Ekramul Hossain said waterborne and mal-nutrition related diseases and related child and maternal mortalities would touch zero level very soon everywhere in the rural areas. -BSS, Rangpur

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