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200,000 residents of Jackson, Mississippi are facing the fifth day of a humanitarian water crisis; dialysis patients with highest risk

The city of Jackson, Mississippi, is now dealing with a humanitarian water crisis that is already in its fifth day and is affecting close to 200,000 people. However, for other people, such as the hundreds of residents who undergo dialysis treatment, access to clean water might mean the difference between living and dying.

Arlester Johnson is a good example of one of these individuals. Because his kidneys are failing, he must undergo dialysis three times each week. This procedure, which lasts for several hours each time, is dependent on the quality of the water that is used.

According to what Johnson said to CBS News, “I am grateful that this facility has these equipment so that I can survive.”

Over 8,000 other people in the state of Mississippi are currently receiving the treatment that could save their lives. He is one of them. Companies that provide dialysis services, such as Fresenius Medical Care, are transporting tanker trucks loaded with 6,200 gallons of water to provide a consistent supply during the crisis. Tankers, on the other hand, are only good for one day.

When TJ Mayfield, the executive director of the state’s kidney foundation, was asked what the effects of contaminated water would be on someone who was receiving dialysis, he responded, “I hate to say it, but it could absolutely kill ’em.”

When asked how a city that is 82% African American and has a majority Black leadership has allowed the failures at the city’s water treatment facility to persist for this long, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said, “Even though I am a Black mayor, I am still a mayor without the resources to fix it under my own capacity.” This response came in response to the question of how a city that is 82% African American and has a majority Black leadership has allowed the failures at the city’

According to Arlester Johnson, who is a double amputee, there is room for improvement in this area.

“To know that we have to go through what we are going through makes you crazy,” he said. “It makes you angry.” “This shouldn’t be something we have to go through.”

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