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According to the UN, just half of the world’s hospitals provide basic hygienic services.

According to the United Nations, approximately four billion people are at an increased risk of infection since basic hygiene services aren’t available in half of the world’s healthcare institutions.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the children’s organisation UNICEF claim that these facilities lack access to water, soap, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer in both the restrooms and areas where patients receive care.

According to the UN agencies, around 3.85 billion people utilise these facilities, putting them at an increased risk of infection, including 688 million individuals who receive care in institutions with no hygienic services at all.

According to Maria Neira of the WHO, “Hygiene facilities and procedures in healthcare settings are non-negotiable.””For pandemic recovery, prevention, and preparedness, they must be improved.

“Increasing investments in fundamental measures, such as safe water, clean bathrooms, and securely managed health care waste, are necessary to ensure hygiene in healthcare facilities.”

The recently developed global estimate, based on information from 40 nations, paints a “alarming image” of the cleanliness of healthcare facilities, according to the research.

According to the report, 65% of restrooms featured handwashing sinks with water and soap and 68% of healthcare institutions offered hygiene facilities at sites of service.

Only 51% of people, however, had both, making them eligible for basic hygiene services. Additionally, just 9% of medical facilities worldwide have both.

According to Kelly Ann Naylor of UNICEF, “Patients don’t have a healthcare facility if health care providers don’t have access to a sanitary service.”

For expectant moms, new mothers, and kids, hospitals and clinics lacking adequate water, basic hygiene, and sanitation services can be a death trap.

“Around 670 000 neonates pass away from sepsis each year. Since their deaths may have been avoided, this is a scandal.

Only 37% of restrooms in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the survey, have handwashing sinks with soap and water.

Only 53% of facilities in the least developed nations have access to a protected water supply close by.Worldwide, 11% of rural and 3% of urban healthcare institutions lacked access to water.

The survey also discovered that many facilities lacked adequate segregation and disposal of medical waste as well as fundamental environmental cleaning.

At the annual World Water Week meeting in Stockholm, which ends on Thursday, the joint report is released.