NEW DELHI, Aug. 19 -- Only one in three schools in India have basic water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, that may put children at an increased risk of covid-19 and other transmittable diseases, latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) has revealed.

The report pointed out that India has rapidly increased coverage of handwashing facilities with water but many of these still lack soap. Globally, over 462 million children had no hygiene service at their school in 2019. Over half (244 million) are from sub-Saharan Africa, a quarter (125 million) are from central and southern Asia, of which three quarters (92 million) are from India, the report said.

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