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India's burden of waterborne diseases is underestimated

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 12 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1284
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. 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 …

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