Chicken feed and water samples in Karachi are contaminated by poisonous metals, a research by Karachi University revealed.
The presence of arsenic, pathogenic microorganisms, nitrate and phosphates was found in drinking water in Nazimabad, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Saddar, Shah Faisal and many other areas of the city.
“Seventy-nine per cent of water available in Karachi is unfit for human consumption,” Dr Aamir Alamgir said while on SAMAA TV’s programme Naya Din. The doctor said ‘unbranded’ water bottles also contain harmful elements that can affect children’s memories.
The chicken we eat may be the cause of multiple health problems because the feed given to the chickens is filled with lead and prepared in an unhygienic environment. The contaminated chicken meat and water are acting as “slow poisons”, Pakistan Medical Association Secretary-General Dr Qaiser Sajjad said. He believes that even ‘branded’ water is not safe to drink.
He said if people in Pakistan get access to safe drinking water, 75 to 80% of the diseases they suffer from would be reduced. People should make smart choices every day on what they consume, he warned.
Dr Sajjad said we should always boil water and cool it down before drinking it. “It is better to drink gutter water than the water that the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board supplies,” he said.
Karachi University has forwarded their research and reports to the authorities to take action.