Health Desk—April 14, 2017: More than 45,000 under-five children die every year in Bangladesh from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, says a report of World Health Organization (WHO).
Water contaminated with faeces puts people at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio, says the report titled “UN Water - Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water 2017”.
The report released on Thursday presented an analysis of the most reliable and up-to-date data from 75 countries and 25 external support agencies on the issues related to financing water and sanitation (WASH).
According to the report, contaminated drinking water causes more than 5,00,000 diarrhoeal deaths each year globally.
Children under five were the main victims of contaminated water because of weak immune systems, said Dr Firoze Ahmed, former scientist at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b).
According to the WHO report, 42 percent urban population in Bangladesh don't use improved sanitation facilities, while the figure is 38 percent for rural population. Besides, 13 percent people don't have improved drinking water sources.