“I have visited doctors five to six times a year over the past five years,” Motin told Doctors gave him medicine and advised him to wear a face mask to protect him from dust and polluted air. Despite adhering to his doctor’s advice, Motin continued to suffer daily from respiratory problems which affected his ability to work to support his family. Abdul Baten*, 40, a traffic police sergeant in the Mirpur area of Dhaka has had to deal with similar issues.
But the once mighty Buriganga river, which flows by Dhaka, is now one of the most polluted rivers in Bangladesh because of rampant dumping of industrial and human waste.
“Much of the Buriganga is now gone, having fallen to ever insatiable land grabbers and industries dumping untreated effluents into the river,” said Ainun Nishat, a leading environmental expert.
“With the extreme coughing I visited a doctor who found that I had tuberculosis.
He prescribed me medicine that I need to take for the long-term,” said the Muslim father of two.