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Arsenic an emerging issue: experiences from Pakistan

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posted on 2018-02-12, 15:08 authored by Tameez Ahmad, M. Akram Kahlown, Aslam Tahir, Hifza Rashid
Arsenic contamination has emerged as a serious public health concern in Pakistan. In Punjab over 20% of the population are exposed to arsenic contamination of over 10 ppb in drinking water while nearly 3% of the population are exposed to over 50 ppb. In Sindh, the situation is even worse with 36% and 16% of population exposed to arsenic contaminated water over 10 ppb and 50 ppb respectively. Both shallow and deep sources have arsenic contamination. A recent study on prevalence of arsenicosis confirmed presence of 40 cases in the study population giving a prevalence 140/100,00 for established and borderline cases. The purpose of this paper is to share experiences gained in implementing an arsenic mitigation programme in the country.



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AHMAD, T.... et al, 2004. Arsenic an emerging issue: experiences from Pakistan. IN: Godfrey, S. (ed). People-centred approaches to water and environmental sanitation: Proceedings of the 30th WEDC International Conference, Vientiane, Laos, 25-29 October 2004, pp. 459-466.


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