LILONGWE, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- World Health experts in water and sanitation have tipped Malawi government to invest more in hygiene than vaccination to prevent diseases that emerge due to poor sanitation.
The experts made the call on Monday in the capital, Lilongwe, at the opening of a 3-day Global Hygiene Conference, where experts in water and sanitation sector from 25 countries are meeting to find solutions to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) diseases.
Earlier in the day, Malawi Chief of Health Services, Charles Mwansambo, disclosed that 52 percent of deceases in Malawi are hygiene-related.
"It is true that every year our hospitals treat over 50 percent of diseases that are WASH related and as government we are doing all we can to bring the numbers down by making sure that Malawians have access to clean water," said Mwansambo.
Water Aid Senior Manager for Hygiene, Om Prasad Gautam, appealed to Malawi government and other countries in the sub-Saharan Africa to invest more in Hygiene than Vaccination to prevent such diseases.
He said if countries invest in promoting hygiene there will be less funds needed to be channeled to health facilities to treat water borne diseases as more people can live a healthy life.
"Hygiene is one of the most cost effective public health interventions as compared to investing in vaccinating people," said Guatam.
The three-day conference started on Monday, and will run till Wednesday.