ACCRA — Only 27 per cent of Ghanaians have access to safe and potable water, a 2017 joint monitoring programme report has revealed.
The monitoring programme, conducted by the International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC Ghana), an independent international non-profit organization, and its partners, also found that the national access to basic sanitation stands at 14 per cent.
Vida Duti, the Country Director of IRC Ghana, which works in the area of water supply, sanitation, and hygiene, said Monday that Ghana was making slow progress in achieving set targets for Goal 6 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure safe water and sanitation for all by 2030.
The Ghana Water Sector Strategic Development Plan (2014), meanwhile, aims to make water, sanitation and hygiene services universally accessible for all Ghanaians, and to manage water resources for multiple purposes by 2025.
Speaking at the launch of the implementation of a full WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) coverage initiative in Asutifi North District of Brong-Ahafo Region (Province), Duti said it required collective efforts and co-operation to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
She appealed to stakeholders from government, civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, service providers and users as well as traditional authorities and the media to support the initiative to achieve useful outcomes.
Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Minister for Brong-Ahafo Region, said potable water and improved sanitation had been found to correlate positively with school enrolment, reduction in infant mortality, increase in productivity, promotion of gender equality and elimination of abject poverty.
It has been documented that WASH has the potential to prevent at least 9.1 per cent of the global disease burden and 6.3 per cent of all deaths, he stated.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK