Saturday, 11 August 2012
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Heeals Times ,10th August 2012 , New Delhi
by Gaurav Kashyap
For the people of Uttar Pradesh onset of monsoon brings the season of death in the form of diseases one such disease known as Acute encephalitis syndrome AES, commonly known as Japanese Encephalitis (JE) or brain fever is haunting the lives of millions of people across the state.
We can save many lives by eradicating this disease by making our citizens aware through Campaigns on Safe Drinking Water & Sanitation. Uttar Pradesh where most of the cases are reported are grip in this disease from very long time. Japanese Encephalitis caused by mosquito bites and AES believed to cause by Bad Sanitation and Un Safe Drinking Water. It mostly affects the children aged below 15year. 25% of the victims die and 30%to40% of the survivor suffer from physical and mental impairment. The population at risk is about 300 million.
A case of AES is defined as a person of any age at a any time of the year with the acute onset of fever and a change in mental status (including symptoms such as confusion, disorientation, coma or inability to talk. And or new onset of seizures (excluding /simple febrile seizures). Other early clinical finding may include an increase in irritability, somnolence or abnormal behaviour greater than that seen with usual febrile illness.
A simple febrile seizure is defined as a source that occurs in a child aged 6 months to less than six year old, whose only finding is fever and a single generalised convulsion lasting less than 15 minutes and who recovers consciousness within 60 minutes of the seizure.
This disease is Endemic in 14 states. Many children are dying just because of Bad Sanitation and Un Safe Drinking Water. The Number of Dying children are increasing year by year, we can to stop this increasing number by giving them proper sanitation facilities and clean water to drink. We request to the General Public, Media, Non-Profit organisation and Government to come forward and support in providing safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.
The Epicenter of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) is Uttar Pradesh, because cases are flushing into this town through neighbouring states and Nepal.
If we do not provide safe drinking water and sanitation facilities to people, it can easily spread to other city and states. By creating Awareness on safe drinking water and sanitation practices, we can prevent it to spread to other states and cities. Otherwise it can create havoc for the society and government authorities. A greater participation from civil society, general public and government is needed to combat with this disease.
Many children are died of Brain Fever and many of them became disable, just because they are not having safe drinking water and good sanitation facilities, they still deprived from their Fundamental right to have a safe and healthy life, there is urgent need to provide them there Basic Rights. So that they can enjoy their Fundamental Rights which are endorsed in our constitution.
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Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Arsenic is believed to cause several diseases such as bone deformation, skin ailments, cancer of the intestines, kidneys and bladder as well as gangrene. Arsenic can also contaminate standing crops if it is present in the soil and soil water.Persons suffering from arsenicosis do not respond to known treatment procedures.
We Need a Nation Wide Campaign on "Safe Drinking Water And Sanitation" .
which help them in getting there basic rights.
According to the established guidelines, drinking water having more than 10 parts per billion (ppb) arsenic content increases mortality rates since arsenic is a bio-accumulative toxin.
Nearly 50 crore people are estimated to be at risk across Utttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Bangladesh due to high arsenic content in drinking water. High intake of arsenic along with malnourishment and lack of medical care worsens the life of people, especially children, in the arsenic-affected regions.
Recently ,(BITS) in Pilani have developed a new bio-sensor device to detect arsenic content in drinking water. presently it is going under field testing ,we hope in future it will be useful for million of people
The water to be tested is put in the gadget’s cuvette, which contains genetically modified bacteria. Upon reacting with arsenic, the bacteria emit green light that is detected by an electronic sensor, which in turn gives signals to show arsenic concentration. Red signals denote high arsenic content, yellow indicates medium arsenic, while green confirms that the water is arsenic-free.
Bio—toilets developed by DRDO today earned praise from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who said that these could go a long way in solving the problem of open defecation in rural India.
He said if these “green, cost effective flush and forget technology is successfully implanted, it will give a big boost to our Total Sanitation Campaign.”
“I was very happy to learn that DRDO in collaboration with FICCI has developed a bio—toilet that promises to solve the problem of open defecation in rural India,” the Prime Minister said addressing a DRDO awards function here. Singh said, “Application of technology to social benefit programmes should be expanded further.”
Recently, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh had said that India had emerged as the world capital of “open defecation” and this was a “matter of shame, anguish, sorrow, anger.” He had said that the government intended to rid the country of open defecation in the next 10 years and added that the bio—toilets would also help in curbing manual scavenging which was still prevalent in about 15 lakh insanitary latrines.
DRDO’s bio—toilet is based on anaerobic biodegradation of organic waste by unique microbial consortium and works at a wide temperature range. The consortium has been made through acclimatisation, enrichment and bioaugumentation of cold—active bacteria collected from Antarctica and other low temperature areas.
The Defence Ministry and the Rural development Ministry have also signed MoUs for installing these toilets in over one lakh gram panchayats in next few years.PTI