[imc-sa] Press Release from NZ Public Health Assn against water
restrictions in the Far Nth!
pennybright at xtra.co.nz
pennybright at xtra.co.nz
Thu Nov 25 03:19:40 PST 2004
(Apologies for cross-postings)
This is a significant development by Public Health
Professionals in New Zealand, in defence of water as a basic
human right - speaking out against water restrictions as a threat
to public health!
First time to my knowledge that this has happened.
A very positive step forward.
One that the Far North District Council cannot take lightly.
Don't they care about the kids? Or the people?
Just the money?
Well - the world is watching........
Are they going to restrict the water?
If they do - who is going to make sure it is turned back on?
The Environmental Health Protection Officers attached to the
Far North District Council?
The Medical Officer for Health?
Or - the people themselves - at street level defending their
families' basic human right to water?......................
Water Pressure Group (Auckland)
Ph (09) 846 9825
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE PUBLIC HEALTH
Thursday 25 November 2004
Water restrictions for debtors in Northland a serious
health risk, says PHA
The Public Health Association says proposals to restrict water
supplies to families in the far North families pose serious
PHA director Dr Gay Keating says the Far North District
Council needs to consider all other options to avoid water
restrictions for households that have not paid their water rates.
Dr Keating says Northland already has high levels of serious
skin infections and gastro intestinal illness, and depriving
families of water could worsen disease in the area.
There isnt much point depriving people of water if the health
system ends up picking up the costs through increased rates of
Dr Keating points out a supply of clean dry towels for each
family member is important for preventing serious skin
infections that require hospitalisation. Prevention also relies on
access to water to thoroughly clean scratches, cuts and bites.
Supplies of good clean water are fundamental to good health
and a basic human right, Dr Keating says. She points out
Northland has a larger number of poor people and larger
families than other parts of the country and it inequitable that
children should risk serious disease because their parents cant
pay water rates.
Local authorities have a responsibility to consider the health
of their communities and also the socio-economic make up of
their region, Dr Keating says.
For more information:
Dr Gay Keating 021 138 2006
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