Many Iranians in Khuzestan province have contracted Hepatitis A after drinking water contaminated with sewage due to recent floods and authorities’ mismanagement.
Mohammad Reza Izadi, the head of the Ahvaz City Council Investigation, Supervision and Inspection Commission, said Tuesday: “For several months, I was provided with confidential documents from the ABFA company’s archive stating that the health center had reported people contracting Hepatitis A. In other words, the mixing of water and sewage caused intestinal diseases, but these cases were not addressed.”
These floods, which also destroyed many houses, came at a time when Iranians were already being made sick by the out-of-control Covid-19 pandemic and dangerous levels of air pollution.
It’s not even the first time that sewage has contaminated the water in Khuzestan, due to the non-standard sewage systems, and made people sick. In 2018 Khuzestan Health Centre chief Shokrallah Salmanzadeh reported 34 cases of Hepatitis A in two cities because of water pollution.
A couple of years earlier, Karun River National Conference’s scientific committee member Ebrahim Rajabzadeh advised that most cancers in the province were linked to lead and mercury in the water.
Locals are denied safe water, even though this province contains the majority of Iran’s natural resources, including gas, because of mismanagement.
This was confirmed by Inspection Organization head Hasan Darwishian on December 8, who blamed predictable “infrastructural shortages” for the problem, saying that the drainage plan began in 2006, but only 40 percent was completed.
Regarding the other health crises faced by the Iranian people, these are also caused by mismanagement and a general disregard for the people.
Air pollution in Iran has been exacerbated recently by the burning of mazut fuel in factories, supposedly because of a shortage in gas, but they actually have 33.2 trillion cubic meters in gas reserves. Authorities just want to sell that to fund their malign activities.
The government tried to blame the people for overconsumption and actually caused a blackout in several cities on Tuesday, saying that it was blackouts or air pollution.
“On the one hand, the inhuman clerical regime squanders the Iranian people’s wealth on the unpatriotic nuclear, missile, and terrorism projects. On the other hand, it kills people through the consumption of fuel oil,” said Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
“The mullahs’ only concern is to preserve their regime. For them, the lives, health, and well-being of the people are worthless. As long as this regime is in power, there will be no attempt to buy vaccines, no clean air, and no solutions to contain the damage caused by floods and earthquakes,” she added.