HAIKOU, Dec. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- A total of 860 million
rural residents in China have been benefited from the improved drinking water
supply, which has greatly reduced occurrences of fluorine and arsenic poisoning.
This was disclosed by Qi Xiaoqiu, head of the Disease Prevention and Control Department with the
Ministry of Health, at a symposium on public health system construction held
recently in this capital city of China's southernmost island province of Hainan.
By 2004, Qi said, tap water was available for about
60 percent of rural households in the country, and approximately 130 million or
53.1 percent of rural households have access to sanitary washrooms.
However, there are still some 300 million people in
both urban and rural areas who do not have access to reliable, safe drinking
water, Qi added. Enditem