UNICEF Survey: Poor Sanitation Linked to Polio

While much have been said about the importance of getting all children vaccinated, there is also a need for people to know that poor sanitation can lead to the contraction of polio. A survey conducted by UNICEF shows that most schools and health facilities around the country do not have proper toilets.

And with polio contracted through the faecal-oral route, sanitation is a challenge in the fight against polio. Not only in schools and health facilities, but in homes and villages, people are still using semi-permanent and pit toilets. Without the proper disposal of faecal wastes and access to clean water, children who are not vaccinated are at a high risk of contracting polio.

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