The Eastern Regional Manager of Plan International Ghana,Kofi Adade Debrah has opined that the current deficit in potable water accessibility Vis-a-Vis increasing prices of...
The Eastern Regional Manager of Plan International Ghana,Kofi Adade Debrah has opined that the current deficit in potable water accessibility Vis-a-Vis increasing prices of pure water in Ghana is a forewarning signal of a “time bomb to hit the nation”.
According to him,water is essential irreplaceable basic necessity to human life which must be very affordable and accessible for all.
Mr.Kofi Adade Debrah
said statistics obtained from the community Water and Sanitation Agency for Rural and Small Towns indicate that, Water Coverage for Eastern,Central and Volta Regions stands at 57.29% ,64.59% and 64.61% respectively with National average of 62.03%.
He said,it can therefore be deduced that many Ghanaians depend on sachet water and untreated water source for consumption hence the current increase in Sachet water prices will compel many to drink untreated water which could lead to increase in communicable diseases.
“The whole issue of putting price on water is some kind of vicious cycle,now that the Sachet Water Producers Association of Ghana has announced an increase price per sachet water bag of about 500ml from 20p t0 30p as retail price,now what is going to happen is that when it comes to the question of none affordability by the common man and the common taking any water that is not safe “.
He added ,”it means disease occurence which are related to water that is waterborne diseases are going to rise and such people are going back to our health facilities of which most of them are subsidized by government and that one government expenditure on health is going to rise but the lost here has to be labour productivity”
Adade Debrah bemoaned the rising levels of water pollution and destruction of river bodies cautioning that if not holistically and Pragmatically tackled with sense of urgency would create water crises situation where even treated water will not be affordable and accessible to all due to high cost of production and other factors.He wants government to fix the water access deficit in the country and enforce water protection policies to curb alarming rate of water pollution in the Country.
“Water is being polluted i am talking about water pollution factors so once this things are well tackled our water bodies will become safe.People will have access to safe drinking water and perhaps depends lesser on sachet water.we need to have National discussions on this issues .Water is life so the earlier government pick the signals from the increment in prices of sachet water that looks like everybody depends upon the better for the government’s own performance and its responsibility towards the populace”.
Mr.Kofi Adade Debrah Said this in an interview in his personal capacity as the Rural Development Activist at the sidelines of the launching of a €2,247,500 funded Rural Water,Sanitation and Hygiene(RWASH) Project in Koforidua by Plan International Ghana aim at complementing government responsibility to provide safe drinking water and improve sanitation and hygiene to Ghanaians .
The German National Office of Plan International
funded Project will be implemented in 36 communities in Eastern,Central and Volta Regions of Ghana will end in October 20,2021.
The Project ,according to the Business Development Manager of Plan International Ghana, Joseph Appiah, is to increase access to safe, affordable and sustainable drinking water to at least 32,333 beneficiaries paying attention to vulnerable girls in the beneficiary communities.
He added that, Project is again targeted at increasing access to Gender friendly facilities and hygiene promotion and also influence gender WASH Policy development and implementation at district and National level by 2021.