Common pollutants and health hazards among residents of villages near the bank of AVM canal: A Descriptive study
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Anantha Victoria Marthandavarman Canal is popularly known as AVM Canal. It was running from Kochi in Kerala to Mondaikadu in Tamil Nadu. Now the AVM channel is polluted completely with waste. People have made their own fate in bringing up the terrible diseases like Chikungunya, Dengue fever. The present study aimed at assessing the common pollutants of water in AVM Channel and health related issues among residents of selected villages.
Descriptive research design was adopted. Data was collected from 50 samples using purposive sampling. The researchers interviewed each sample with a structured questionnaire. Field visit was conducted to find out various pollutants present in AVM channel.
74% of the participants were using the AVM channel for disposing various wastes. The public drainage constructed by the Municipality drains in to the AVM channel. Around 26% reported diarrhea, 4% had malarial infection and 16% had typhoid in their family in the past one year.
The study concluded that the residents of villages residing near the bank of AVM canal face many health related problems due to pollution of AVM canal. So it is the responsibility of the government and the NGOs to join hand with public to clean and re-establish the channel for water navigation.
AVM channel, pollutants, re-establishment, cleaning, water pollution.