2 water systems reduce diseases at Tongor-Dzemeni

Two water systems provided for the people of Tongor-Dzemeni in the South-Dayi District and its environs within the past six years, have reduced the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases by half.

Charles Nimako, Country Director of Safe Water Network, an NGO, gave the hint at the inauguration of a third system for the area.

He, therefore, urged the nearly 8,000 inhabitants to switch wholly to the use of potable water to eliminate diarrhoeal diseases.

The new $75,000 system was funded by a consortium of partners including Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, (CNHF), Stone Family Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

The local partners are the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) and the District Assembly.

Kurt Soderlund, Chief Executive Officer of Safe Water Network, said the motivation for the organisation to provide water for people was that, communities in Ghana deserved to have the amenity, which was essential for living, just as localities in the US.

Mr.  Konadu Owusu, acting Volta Regional Head of CWSA, lead agency in the provision of rural water, observed that the availability of water promotes development.

Ed Cain, Vice-President of the Grant Programmes of the CNHF, said the foundation had collaborated with Ghana in the past 25 years in the provision of water and also the eradication of guinea worm, spending 50 million dollars so far.

Mr. Theophilus Dzimega, Head-Operations, Safe Water Network, said the source of water would be the Volta Lake which would flow by gravity.

He said, quality control was thorough and also the module of management of the Network’s system was to ensure that they remained sustainable for years.

Mr. Francis Ganyaglo, Deputy Regional Minister, said regional water coverage at 63.67 per cent in 2014, could reach 100 per cent by the close of 2015.

He cautioned community members against human activities such as washing, bathing, and defecating into the water bodies.

Mr. Ganyaglo appealed to the CNHF to explore other areas of social and economic interventions across the region to help alleviate poverty, and assist in improving upon the standard of living in various communities.

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