1 In 4 Health Facilities Worldwide Lack Clean Water, Raising Risk Of Infection, WHO/UNICEF Report Says
Deutsche Welle: U.N.: One quarter of the world’s health centers lack clean water
“Some 2 billion people around the world use health facilities that lack basic water services, a United Nations report has found. Data showed that around 1 in 4 health facilities lacked basic water services. In the poorest countries, about half of the facilities had inadequate water services…” (4/3).
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Soap and superbugs: 2 bln people lack water at health facilities — U.N.
“…The World Health Organization (WHO) and U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said more than 1 million deaths a year were associated with unclean births, and 15 percent of all patients attending a health facility developed infections. ‘Hospitals are not necessarily points of care where you can heal, but points of almost infection. (We) are very alarmed by this,’ WHO public health co-ordinator Bruce Gordon told a media briefing in Geneva. … International charity WaterAid said rising rates of superbugs had been linked to poor sanitary conditions in health facilities which lead to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics…” (Batha/Mantovani, 4/3).