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Health workers in Atewa East appeal for clean water amid World Water Day celebration

As the world celebrates World Water Day, health workers in the eastern district of Atewa are appealing to government and other private organizations to help health facilities in the district gain access to clean water in the performance of their duties.

Some health workers in the sub-districts of Atewa enclave rely on school children to fetch water for them or sometimes walk for miles to fetch water for their daily activities from health centers , a situation that largely affects the provision of timely health care.

In an interview with Citi News alongside the commissioning and handover of 12 mechanized water treatment systems with an electronic credit discharge system to 12 cocoa growing communities in the Eastern and Ashanti regions by Nestlé Ghana and Ghana Red Cross in Kadewaso to commemorate World Water Day, Atewa East Health Director Vida Efua Afful revealed that clients visiting their centers are sometimes prevented from using sanitation facilities due to lack of water in health centers.

“We are asking for mechanized drilling for the installation. Usually the school children fetch water for the nurses to use for their work. This is really worrying, especially facilities with midwifery services. Sometimes we have to buy water. They don’t even have a polytank, just small containers, so before the start of the day’s services, the nurses themselves have to fetch water to refill those used the night before.

Speaking on the theme “Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible”, Ghana Red Cross Society Chairperson Kwame Gyimah Akwafo expressed concern over the destruction and lack of adequate protection of springs. natural water.

“It’s quite a depressing situation. The lack of clean water is one, and the destruction and lack of proper use even of our water resources is another problem. As I said in my presentation, our focus should be on groundwater, which is one of the most reliable sources of water.

Mr Gyimah however called on traditional chiefs, community leaders and direct public participation to step up public education on the need to end galamsey and related destruction of water bodies.

“I think we all have a role to play, and public education should be at the forefront and not just the preserve of central government. Each of us can be a conduit for public education. We may not be able to eradicate it completely, but we will minimize it and ensure that our water levels and sources are sustainable for the future.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Water Company Limited in the Eastern Region is calling on property developers and individuals to refrain from encroaching on the buffer zones of water bodies.

According to the water company, the buffer zones of the Birim and Densu rivers are under attack by these developers who are clearing the areas for construction and agriculture, a situation which the company says tends to disrupt their operations.

Ghana Water Company Limited Eastern Region Public Relations Manager Kwadwo Daase spoke with Citi News on a number of operational challenges facing the company in the region.

“On this day, the main challenge is paying the bills. Everything about how we operate depends on the revenue we generate, so the more we are owed, the more distressed we are. Another operational challenge is water theft. Our pipelines are also destroyed.

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