Human waste when not treated properly is actually wasting us. It brings us on the verge of a disaster and a sanitation crisis in the making. The price of improper sanitation is not only paid by ourselves, but also by our future generations. We fail to acknowledge that sanitation really matters.
A few days after the World Toilet Day, we do not to realize that it’s not the presence of just a single toilet, but our approach towards using them. Not only body waste, but also waste created by our activities is posing a threat to us.
At times, it can be seen in the form of graphical images surfacing on the web, like that of the previous blood rivers in Bangladesh, but others are being neglected by everyone. The budget for sanitation invested by the states also plays a crucial role in the enforcement of its proper disposal.
Rivers of Blood
Taking the example of Bangladesh, a developing country whose red blood rivers caught striking attention, makes us realize that these open drains depicting poor drainage systems further worsen the lack of proper sanitation habits. Holy festivals, like Eid-ul-Azha, was criticized for practicing the ritual as seen in these images. However, improper waste management is the thing that comes to play in the above scenario.
The images from Dhaka went on showing that rivers of blood creating dirt and hygiene issues are the after site for places following the holy ritual, but when will the governments actually take responsibility for not only making laws but also putting penalties on neglecting it? Helping others and sharing meat among everyone to create harmony was the essence of that event, but first we should start to help ourselves and instead of unconsciously depriving others from good health. On that day, authorities designated about 1000 places in Dhaka for not facing such situation amidst the heavy rain. It wouldn’t have happened if the residents would have followed the government’s instructions. People sacrificing animals on the streets of Dhaka in the heavy rain with almost zero drainage system creating stagnant sick water made the situation a mess visible to all.
The reason behind this article is that are we concerned about the sanitation only on the international days celebrated to recognize them, but shouldn’t we take it as an everyday responsibility to cherish? Although it’s quite upsetting, but we are following the former way mentioned that is driving us towards a plethora of diseases and unmet problems. Why does it always have to be the blood of either animals or humans that catches our attention, instead of the silent deaths passing unattended in the way of this issue being ignored?
The UN numbers showing water statistics is stark, making us think twice on things we take for granted especially our sanitation habits. With all the polluted water contaminating this planet, it is responsible for the death of around 1.8 Million children under the age of five. About half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with patients suffering from water borne diseases, and the number of deaths associated with poor sanitation is higher than those that occurred as a result of any war.
We do not need to mourn on the menaces of any war, our self-made disasters are currently more inclined to kill us all. It’s time that we stop blaming others and start improving ourselves on an individual basis, so that we can make this place called Earth a better place to live.