95 pc of population has access to safe
UNICEF experts say
Ninetyfive per cent of the country's population has access to safe drinking water
and only 37 per cent use sanitary latrines, UNICEF experts said on Thursday.
They also disclosed that 55 per cent of government registered schools have no water and
UNICEF has undertaken a project to address arsenic problem in the country and the
problem has already been mitigated in five upazilas, they said. UNICEF has a plan to
mitigate arsenic problem in 45 arsenic-prone upazilas under the project.
Although the access rate to safe drinking water is satisfactory, the arsenic problem is
still a threat to the public health, they said.
These facts were disclosed at the inaugural session of a fortnight-long exhibition on
water issues and research titled "Water Days" jointly organised by the Alliance
Francaise de Dhaka (AFD) and UNICEF at the AFD gallery in the city.
French Ambassador in Dhaka Michel Lummaux and UNICEF expert Collin Davice attended the
The exhibition includes a series of posters with audio-visual support, presentation on
water distribution system in Dhaka city, presentation on sanitation and arsenic
contamination, internet documentation, and documentary film shows on water issues.
A roundtable discussion on water issues will also be held on June 8. Specialists from
UNICEF, Water Aid, WHO, Water Resources Ministry NGO Forum, French BCEOM, Dhaka WASA and
Dhaka University will take part in the discussion. ( The Bangladesh Observer )