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Water Treatment, Preventive Measures and the Chronic Kidney Disease in the Farming Community in Sri Lanka

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H R A L N Ranasinghe ,

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Makandura, Gonawila (NWP), 60170, LK
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Department of Agribusiness Management, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management
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L D M N Lokuge,

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Makandura, Gonawila (NWP), 60170, LK
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Department of Agribusiness Management, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management
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J C Edirisinghe,

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Makandura, Gonawila (NWP), 60170, LK
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Department of Agribusiness Management, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management
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L Bandara

BASF Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., 186, Vauxhall Street, Colombo 2., LK
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Abstract

Whilst being accountable for an increasing trend in mortality and morbidity, Chronic Kidney Dis¬ease of unknown aetiology (CKDu) has become a severe burden in Sri Lanka. Even though there is no sound evidence to clarify the aetiology of CKDu, it will be worthwhile to seek out the possible measures to minimize the prevalence of the disease. Hence, this study was intended to examine the impact of water treatment and preventive measures on CKDu. Data were collected from the farm¬ing community who applies agrochemicals. Both a probit and a Logit regression were carried out to check whether there is any relationship between CKDu and related variables such as consump¬tion of treated water and adopting safety precautions. Results reveal that age, being a male, using deep wells as a source of drinking water, and long term medication increases the probability of getting the disease while, both preventive measures and water treatment significantly reduce this probability. Therefore, ensuring an adequate supply of treated water, especially for the severely affected villages is vital. Furthermore, both government and non-government institutions should work responsibly to increase the awareness of CKDu and safety precautions, in order to save the future generation.


The Journal of Agricultural Sciences, vol.10, No 2, May 2015, pp. 98-108

How to Cite: Ranasinghe, H.R.A.L.N. et al., (2015). Water Treatment, Preventive Measures and the Chronic Kidney Disease in the Farming Community in Sri Lanka. Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 10(2), pp.98–108. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jas.v10i2.8055
Published on 21 May 2015.
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