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WaterAid supports Busa Health Centre

Water Aid has constructed a solar powered water system and toilets for the Busa Health Centre in Wa municipal.

This support will help solve the problems patients and health workers endure as a result of lack of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services at the health centre.

The Senior Nurse in charge of the Busa Health Centre noted that hitherto, the lack of facilities had resulted in relatives of patients carrying water from home to the clinic for use and also causing patients to defecate openly around the health facility.

During an inspection tour of the facilities, the Communication and Campaign Officer of WaterAid Ghana, Yvonne Kafui Nyaku, noted that access to WASH facilities in all health centres was critical to quality health delivery.

She said it was based on this that WaterAid Ghana in collaboration with the Hongkong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) and ProNet North was working to improve access to WASH in five healthcare facilities within Wa municipal. The intervention is funded by HSBC.

“Healthcare givers will be discouraged because they put themselves at risk without these basic WASH facilities,” she emphasised.

The Communication and Campaign Officer for WaterAid Ghana said beyond the provision of WASH facilities at health centres, they were also campaigning against open defecation in the communities by encouraging the people to build their own household latrines to prevent open defecation and the spread of communicable diseases.

Madam Kafui appealed to the people to take good care of the facilities provided to reap the necessary benefits.

Mr Crispin K. Yango, the Wa Municipal WASH Coordinator thanked WaterAid and HSBC for supporting the Assembly to improve access to WASH facilities across health centres within the municipality.

While urging the people to take care of their water sources and toilet facilities for sustainable use, Mr Yango, who is also the Wa Municipal Development Planning Officer hinted that the Assembly would be closely monitoring the usage of these facilities and would not hesitate to issue out sanctions to communities that misused theirs.

Mr Paul Mornah, the Municipal Environmental Health Officer said Wa municipal was last in the region in terms of open defecation and appealed to the people to embrace the concept of household latrines in order to help reverse the situation.

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