Water is an abiotic factor essential to the survival of living organisms. Without water, no plant or animal can survive.
However, over congested urban areas and worsening poverty has led to pollution and to poor sanitation which in turn cause various illnesses and diseases. What used to be sources of nourishing water now become havens for bacteria and other elements that cause diseases which most often lead to death.
Just recently, UNICEF said that 1,800 of the 2,000 children under the age of five who die daily from diarrheal disease succumb to the illness due to contaminated water, lack of sanitation, or inadequate hygiene. Furthermore, almost eight million Filipinos are openly defecating and more than 24 million do not have improved sanitation. Although these numbers have significantly decreased over the last decade, these numbers are still too high.
An ekg machine for sale may be needed to save lives in hospitals, but equipment like these would not be worth anything if we cannot address the root of the health problems that beset our communities. However, problems in sanitation are rooted in poverty which is difficult – even seemingly impossible – to address. There are ways though to alleviate worsening health conditions.
Perhaps the government could allot more budget for sanitation and health care than for infrastructure that benefit only the wealthy capitalists. Providing more health and sanitation seminars may also help decrease the practice of open defecation and improve sanitation.