Based on the findings from the initial pollution analysis of the MACH project and continued concern of the local population over the health implications of the industrial water pollution in Kaliakoir, particularly in Ratanpur Khal and Mokesh Beel, a rapid assessment was conducted to try to determine whether any of the health problems currently occurring in the area could be attributed to the industrial pollution. This report details health problems found in the study area. The research undertaken with the community and health workers in Kaliakoir provides evidence that local communities are suffering from a variety of health problems that could be a direct or indirect result of the activities of local factories. These problems include skin diseases, diarrhoea, dysentery, respiratory illnesses, anaemia and complications in childbirth. Members of the community and health workers are of the view that the incidents of various health problems are relatively high in the area and are increasing. In some cases this is corroborated by statistical information.
Naser Zafar Ullah, A.; Clemett, A.; Chowdhury, N.; Huq, T.; Sultana, R.; Chadwick, M. Human health and industrial pollution in Bangladesh. (2004) 53 pp.