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Health ministry monitors water supplies to stop spread of disease

It is well known that the improvement of sanitation is crucial for the health and safety of people in developing countries.
Waterborne diseases such as dysentery, typhoid and hepatitis are some of the 17 diseases under surveillance in Laos. They are typically spread through the use of poor quality drinking water, which is prevalent in rural and remote areas.
The Ministry of Health will follow Goal 6 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to ensure availability and the sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. This means that by 2030 there should be universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water.

Clean water reduces the spread of waterborne diseases.

In addition, the National Policy for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene aims to implement water safety plans and focus on water quality surveillance, including the establishment of water quality testing laboratories, to confirm that standards are met.
Deputy Minister of Health, Associate Prof. Dr Phouthone Muongpak, said recently the ministry will continue to regularly inspect water quality in urban and rural water supplies to ensure that everyone has access to clean water.
So far, the Ministry of Health has conducted the following activities:
1.  Implemented a water safety plan in urban and rural areas
2.  Continued to regularly inspect water quality in urban and rural water supply systems
3.  Strengthened drinking water quality surveillance by:
a.  Conducting training for surveillance officers
b.  Conducting regular direct assessments of both urban and rural water supply systems
c.  Regularly inspecting urban and rural water supply systems
d.  Providing water quality testing kits to all provinces and districts.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update November 25, 2017)


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