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icddr,b study finds poor toilet access, hygiene conditions in Dhaka hospitals

Published : Tuesday, 11 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 180

A recent study conducted by icddr,b found poor toilet access and hygiene in Dhaka hospitals that pose significant health risks .The study found that 68% of government hospital toilets were functional, with only 33% clean, while in private hospitals, 92% were functional, but only 56% were clean.

Conducted by icddr,b scientists in collaboration with partners at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, and the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Bangladesh, the study was recently published in the journal PLOS ONE.

The study evaluated 2,459 toilets in Dhakas healthcare facilities to assess the availability, functionality, and cleanliness of toilets.

Proper sanitation and its accessibility are particularly crucial in hospitals, where disease-causing pathogens are expected to commonly circulate, it said.

High user-to-toilet ratios were observed in outpatient facilities, with one toilet for every 214 users in government hospitals and 94 users in private hospitals, significantly below the recommended standards set by WaterAid.

According to their guidelines for the construction of institutional toilets in outpatient facilities, there should be one toilet for every 20-25 patients or carers, up to the first 100 individuals, with an additional toilet for every additional 50 patients or carers.    —UNB







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