5th 2009, Touching Souls International provided arsenic awareness
program in three districts of Bangladesh
December 3rd to 5th,
2009 Touching Souls International conducted their 3 days arsenic awareness
program in three districts of Bangladesh, Sylhet,Kulaura and Bhairab. TSIís
team provided information about arsenic poisoning, how to purify water from
arsenic, attainable treatment plan by giving lectures, leaflets and CDs in many
schools, colleges and markets of these three districts. Hand pumps have been
promoted by aid agencies and the government for more than twenty years. The
world had helped Bangladesh
solved its problem of diseased water, where many people used to die from
water-borne diseases. But evidence shows that water from most of these hand
pumps contains high level of arsenic and fifty million of Bangladeshis are at
risk of arsenic poisoning, many of them are having skin cancer due to the
accumulation of arsenic. Drinking water is a basic need. But drinking that
arsenic contaminated water Bangladeshis facing the nightmare of skin cancer.
TSIís team educates the people on the following:
- Not to drink water from the hand pumps
which are marked red (contaminated with arsenic).
- Boiling the arsenic contaminated water
does not lower the concentration of arsenic in it.
- People should use alternative source
of arsenic free water, surface water, like pond, river, well and rain
water boiled for forty-five minutes.
- Saving social stigma, arsenic
poisoning is not contagious.
- Persons who are poisoned seriously
with arsenic, need to take rest, drink arsenic free water, eat healthy
food with lots of vegetables, specially from cabbage family