The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo said access to water for all is critical to fighting the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The UN health agency said this in its regional official twitter account @WHOAFRO.

According to WHO, 395 million people in Africa region did not have access to basic drinking water services in 2017 while 704 million did not access basic sanitation services.

“This gap must be urgently addressed.

“Access to safe drinking water, toilets and hand-washing facilities in health facilities must be scaled-up to fight COVID19, particularly in remote areas.

“Urgent government commitment, investment and resources are urgently needed to improve access to vital services.’’