Health Desk: 11th Oct’18: A new World Bank report said Bangladesh can reduce poverty and accelerate growth faster by taking urgent actions to improve the quality of water and sanitation.
Despite the country’s remarkable progress in improving access to water and sanitation, 41 percent of all improved water sources are contaminated with E Coli bacteria which suggest a high prevalence of fecal contamination.
The report ‘Promising Progress: A Diagnostic of Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Poverty in Bangladesh,’ launched on Thursday, finds that poor drinking water quality affects the rich and poor and the rural and urban population alike.
At present, 98 percent of Bangladesh population has access to water from technologically improved water sources. However, the water quality is poor. E coli bacteria were present in 80 percent of private piped-water taps sampled across the country, a similar rate to water retrieved from ponds, said the report.
“Poor water quality and sanitation can hold back a country’s potential because unsafe water and poor sanitation are linked to nutritional disadvantages in early-childhood.” said Sereen Juma, Acting Country Director for Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal.