One In Four Health Care Facilities Lacks Basic Water Services

4 Apr 2019 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
GENEVA, Switzerland

Approximately 25 percent of health care facilities globally lack basic water services while 20 percent have either unimproved toilets or no toilets at all. Only about 55 percent of facilities in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have basic water services. Hand hygiene and disposal facilities are not available in many medical centers. These are among findings of a new report, WASH in Health Care Facilities, released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF April 2, the first comprehensive assessment of water, sanitation and hygiene in global health care facilities.“Water, sanitation and hygiene services in health facilities are the most basic requirements of infection prevention and control, and of quality care...

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