“Half of health care facilities worldwide lack basic hygiene services,” says WHO


“Half of health care facilities worldwide lack basic hygiene services,” says the WHO. Image: World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have teamed up to release the report on dams to health care facilities around the world.

Half of healthcare facilities globally lack basic hygiene services with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer where patients receive care.

About 3.85 billion people use these facilities, putting them at increased risk of infection, including 688 million people who receive care in facilities without any hygiene services, confirmed Tuesday August 30 the Organization World Health Organization (WHO).

The report notes that contaminated hands and environments play a significant role in the transmission of pathogens in healthcare settings and the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Interventions to increase access to handwashing with soap and water and environmental cleaning form the cornerstone of infection prevention and control programs and are essential for providing quality care, especially for a safe delivery.

Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director, said: “Hygiene facilities and practices in healthcare settings are non-negotiable. Improving them is essential for pandemic recovery, prevention and preparedness.

“Hygiene in healthcare facilities cannot be guaranteed without increasing investment in basic measures, which include safe drinking water, clean toilets and safely managed healthcare waste.”

Dr Maria added: “I encourage Member States to step up their efforts to implement their 2019 World Health Assembly commitment to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. ) in health facilities, and to monitor these efforts.”

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