Lack of safe water, functional toilets and hand washing facilities in healthcare facilities pose significant health risk to patients and healthcare workers, the United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF) has said.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) specialist, UNICEF, Ms Mainga Moono Banda, stated this yesterday, at a media dialogue on WASH, organised by UNICEF in Anambra State.
Banda, while presenting a paper on the importance of WASH in healthcare facilities informed that there is a new ongoing global problem of Health facility Acquired Infections (HAI) like sepsis.
She described healthcare associated infections as infections acquired while receiving treatment for another health condition in a healthcare facility.
According to her, due to lack of proper hygiene practice in hospitals, people go to hospitals for treatment or take their children to hospitals for treatment, but they leave the hospital with addition problems by acquiring infections that they don’t have before visiting the hospital.
She identified the problem as multi sectoral whole therefore calling for comprehensive approach from critical stakeholders, including WASH.
Earlier, the head, Child Right Information Bureau, Federal Ministry of Information, Mr Olumide Osanyinpeju, urged the media to advocate for improved access to water and Sanitation especially in rural areas.
He noted that concerted efforts were needed by all to support provision of safe drinking water for all Nigerians, adding that access to water and sanitation means inclusive development for all.
Osanyinpeju, commended UNICEF and EU for being at the forefront in ensuring that every Nigeria has access to potable water and Sanitation.
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