ISLAMABAD - As if the frequent power outages and unbridled inflation were not enough, the water borne diseases amid ever increasing mercury have proved to be yet another 'gift for the masses. With the rise in temperature, the excessive use of contaminated water, substandard beverages and eatables prepared under poor hygienic conditions, are causing serious stomach ailments and water borne diseases. In order to combat the ever increasing mercury, the masses, usually from less-privileged class were frequently purchasing from the makeshift vendors selling beverages, eatables, soda water and other summer ingredients that help beat the heat. However, as these items are prepared in extremely poor hygienic conditions with least regard to the health standards, the excessive use of contaminated water in these beverages and eatables is creating serious ailments like cholera, typhoid, diarrhoea, vomiting, dysentery and other grim health hazards. On an average, TheNation witnessed, eight to twelve victims of the aforementioned diseases, mostly kids, were being brought daily to the emergency wards of governmental hospitals in the twin cities. In addition, the number of those having sunstroke and related eye and skin diseases was also rising rapidly. Lack of proper treatment and medical care were some persisting problems, which the poor masses were facing in the governmental hospitals while the unbearable cost of treatment at private hospitals kept them away from private hospitals and clinics. Giving his version on the present circumstances, Dr Saeed Ahmed, Director Health, Capital Development Authority (CDA) said that the Directorate of Health under CDA was well aware of the increasing water-related problems that usually appeared in every summer. He said that the Directorate would observe a water week to create awareness among the masses regarding the use of clean water for drinking and washing purposes. Actually most of the less-privileged masses are falling prey to the communicable diseases due to lack of awareness, provisions of clean water and related problems. Very soon, we are going to arrange a water week as an awareness campaign for the masses, during which we would educate the people how to stay away from contaminated water, he added. The Director said that certain precautionary measures including, boiling of water before use, cleaning of water tanks, washing of hands before taking food and after using toilets, teeth cleaning and obtaining water from those places where fresh supply of water was frequent, were inevitable to avoid the persisting diseases.