Monday, January 30, 2012
WHO Estimates 0.97 Million Annual Deaths
The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that 0.97 million people died annually due to poor water and sanitation facilities in the country and around 54,000 children under the age of five years also die from diarrhea caused by poor water and sanitation every year. According to a report “off-track, off-target: Why investment in water, sanitation and hygiene is not reaching those who need it most” showed that unless urgent action is taken, the authority concerned will fail to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG), wherein it pledged provision of sanitation and bringing down child mortality rate by 2015. The report identified that poor people in South Asia are 13 times less likely to have access to sanitation than the rich and the authority should tackle this inequity through better targeting of water and sanitation resources and services to the poor. Earlier, talking to this news agency, Chairman Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) Dr. Aslam Tahir said diarrheal and typhoid mortality in children accounts for the bulk of losses.