Fortunate are the ones who have access to food and water. However, even more fortunate are the ones who have access to safe water and food. Unfortunately, almost half of India’s population gets left behind in that aspect. Water and food testing
are essential for ensuring public safety, particularly in regions of the world with limited resources.
However, in India, where a large population lives in poverty and many people lack access to clean water or proper sanitation, these two issues often go untreated. As a result, many illnesses that could be easily prevented by treating water and food with proper care go unnoticed. This is a serious problem for India because communicable diseases remain one of the leading causes of premature deaths in the country.
One of the steps that the government has taken to address this problem is to train local public health workers in how to conduct water testing and food sampling protocols. While this has greatly improved the quality of data collected in the field, there are still many obstacles to conducting comprehensive testing programs by the government and authorised laboratories across India. The following describes some of the challenges that laboratories and government agencies face:
Lack of infrastructure
: Many areas where testing is needed do not have the proper equipment to collect and analyse samples. In many areas of India it is necessary to collect multiple samples from the same source in order to accurately measure the contamination of the water.
Lack of funding
: Many of the local governments that are responsible for issuing regulations related to water and food safety do not have the resources necessary to implement and enforce these regulations. In order to address this problem, the government of India has launched several initiatives to improve public awareness about the importance of water testing and food sampling. For private laboratories, the testing procedures also require use of high-end and technologically advanced equipment to test samples for detailed analysis on different parameters sometimes. While lack of funding might not be a problem area for private laboratories, availability and maintenance of such equipment might be a pain point.