About 60 village panchayat presidents participated
A one-day workshop on ‘Management and Monitoring of Water Quality’ was conducted by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board here on Thursday. About 60 village panchayat presidents and secretaries and village health nurses participated in the workshop, the objective of which was to create awareness among them about the water-borne diseases, and the need and ways of preventing such diseases.
P. Sankar, Collector of Vellore who inaugurated the workshop and distributed water testing kits to the representatives of 20 panchayat unions said that the TWAD Board should educate the village panchayat presidents, anganwadi workers, village administrative officers and school teachers on the ways of testing the quality of water being supplied in the rural areas.
It is the duty of the panchayats to prevent the pollution of drinking water sources and ensure that the people are supplied good quality water, he said.
M.S. Manoharan, Executive Engineer, TWAD Board, Vellore said that the objective of the workshop was to create awareness among the village panchayat presidents and secretaries on the diseases that are caused by consumption of polluted water and the need to prevent the pollution of water, and to demonstrate to them the ways of testing water with the help of the kits supplied to them.
According to a note distributed to the participants, 90% of the diseases are caused by water pollution owing to the germs and chemicals that contaminate the water. Diarrhoea, vomiting, typhoid, jaundice and cholera are caused by the baceteria present in drinking water, while fluorosis, skin diseases and blue baby disease are caused by the chemicals contained in the water.
Training is required to prevent these diseases. Capacity building among the people’s representatives and officials at the panchayat level is possible only through education on water management, water quality management, and knowledge on the water-borne diseases and the ways to prevent them.
K. Satheesh, Medical Officer, Primary Health Centre, Poigai explained the ways of preventing mosquito-borne diseases, especially dengue. TWAD Board officials including H. Ramani Suseelan, Superintending Engineer, Vellore, R. Thulasiraman, retired executive engineer, S. Raman, Assistant Groundwater Expert, A. Thangaraj, Deputy Groundwater Expert, C. Udayakumar, Assistant Engineer, Rural Water Supply (RWS) Division, Vellore and A. Vedagiri, Assistant Executive Engineer, RWS Division, Vellore and M. Chandrasekaran, Medical Officer, PHC, Poigai spoke.
P. Devasagayam, Assistant Water Analyst and T. Palani, Junior Water Analyst of the District Water Testing Centre, TWAD Board, Vellore, demonstratred the methods of water testing with the help of the kits that were provided to the panchayat union representatives.