Fluoride content in Gurugram's groundwater rose by 17 per cent
Millenium Post - March 20, 2019
Gurugram: Data released by the district public health engineering department (PHED) has stated that the concentration of fluoride in groundwater in Gurugram rose by 17 per cent between 2016 and 2018. Fluoride concentration in Gurugram's groundwater in 2016 was recorded at 4.7 milligrams per litre (mg/litre).
This number rose to 5.5 mg/litre in 2018. Such a high concentration of fluoride can lead to several health problems, particularly oral health issues such as dental fluorosis. While it causes discolouration in the initial stages, severe fluorosis can lead to permanent physical damage to teeth.
According to a report, doctors practising in these areas have asserted that the fluoride concentration in water has led to a noticeable rise in cases of oral health problems, particularly among children and young adults.
Impure drinking water and presence of a large number of minerals in the groundwater reserves seem to be a major concern in districts of South Haryana.
The worse impact of this is being felt in the Mewat region where a large number of cancer cases is being reported due to consumption of contaminated water.
This issue was recently raised in the budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha. Speaking on the issue, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar advocated the formation of the committee of Southern Haryana districts led by Gurugram and Faridabad to deal with the challenge.
Medical experts highlight over 30 per cent of the diarrhoea cases in the city were due to consumption of contaminated food and water.
Worryingly, there was a large number of minors and infants who were affected by the disease. The seriousness of the situation came to the fore when more than 20 patients from Om Vihar suffering from diarrhoea registered themselves for treatment in the Civil hospital in 2018, on a single day. A 20-year-old died due to the disease. There have been cases in the past where water samples collected by public agencies in posh areas of the city have contained a huge amount of toxic minerals.
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