Emerging Health Issues in Megacities: An Analysis on Causes of Non-Communicable Diseases in Karachi

Kiran Jameel


The developing world is in the center of a considerate health evolution. In many developing communities, the persistent burden of infectious diseases is now coupled with the rising tide of non-communicable disease (NCD). NCDs are cause of 25% deaths in Pakistan. The objective of this study is to identify and analyze those factors that are cause of non-communicable disease in megacities. The study is based on exploratory analysis through data collected by household survey in Karachi. This household survey was conducted in 2015 for purpose of identifying problems of Karachi. Study reveals only 45.5% households are getting water which is fit for drinking. Logistic regression analysis concluded that 8.40 times increase in non-communicable diseases level with the rise in each unit of poor quality drinking water supplied. Rise in population due to immigration having impact of 6.76 times and inadequate drainage system having impact of 0.82 times with its rise by one time.Thus, the literature found that supply of poor quality drinking water causing diseases that are non-communicable. Beside this over burden of population due immigration is also having strong impact on non-communicable diseases.

Keywords: Non-communicable disease (NCD), Quality of Drinking Water, Quality healthcare.

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