India's burden of waterborne diseases is underestimatedBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7402.1284 (Published 12 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1284
- Ganapati Mudur
- New Delhi
Major efforts to improve access to drinking water across India have not been matched by proportionate declines in deaths and illnesses from waterborne diseases, which remain grossly underestimated, a new government report has said.
Today 85% of India's population is covered by water infrastructure, said the report, from India's planning commission, a top policy making body.
Between 400 000 and 500 000 children aged under five years die each year from diarrhoea, the report said, citing a failure to improve personal and home hygiene …