Drinking Water Reaches Bihar’s Fluoride-hit Munger Villages

The multi-purpose water supply scheme would provide pure drinking water in Khaira, Bhaluakol, Fasiyabad and Ramankabad villag

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday inaugurated a multi-purpose water supply scheme to provide pure drinking water in fluoride-hit Khaira and neighbouring villages in Bihar’s Munger district.

The multi-purpose water supply scheme would provide pure drinking water in Khaira, Bhaluakol, Fasiyabad and Ramankabad villages.

Mr Kumar said that Bhojpur district was also suffering from fluoride-mixed water where a water treatment plant was installed to provide pure drinking water.

Fluoride, which usually enters the body through contaminated water is the chief reason behind Fluorosis and it accumulates on bones, replacing calcium. In earlier stages, there is an onset of pain. It then changes the bone structure dramatically making the movement of the joints difficult.

In extreme cases, once it gets fully entrenched on the bones, it can completely hinder the movement in the people affected by it. It impacts the physical appearance of a person’s hands, limbs and back – the three areas that are affected by it the most.

The amount of fluoride that can affect the body depends on several factors – the amount of water intake, the selection of food and the state of one’s kidneys. The other factor is the need of Calcium in the body, as in the case of pregnant and lactating women, and for growing children. It is also seen that fluoride can make Anaemia worse in pregnant women.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), consuming water under the safety limit of 1.5 ppm of fluoride per litre can prevent Fluorosis.

(With Inputs From PTI)

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