GHANA HOSTS WATER CONFERENCE
Water is life, a fact true and clear as day light. You just forgo water for two or four days and you are consigned. So vital is water for the sustenance of life and for other multi-purpose activities that, governments the world over are compelled to commit huge chunk of national budgets for the provision of water.
In Africa, the over exploitation of land for farming, fishing, mining and quarrying and for commercial and industrial activities coupled with the amazing climatic changes, impact negatively on water bodies- rivers, lakes, streams and ponds etc. Thus making them unsafe sources of water for drinking, bathing and laundering among others.
Ghana, supported by UNICEF, WHO and the International Water Safety Network, is honoured to host the just ended three – day workshop for west Anglophone countries of the Gambia, Sierra Leon, Liberia and Nigeria on simple to use HWTS technology under the theme “Scaling-up HWTS-National Policy Environment and Integration strategies .
Based on household water treatment and safe storage, the technology has contributed significantly to around 80 percent of households in Ghana using improved sources of drinking water and to the promotion of hand washing with soap particularly in schools called the WASH Splash, let alone appropriate disposal of human excreta as accepted norm of hygienic and sanitation practices.
With increased cases of many water borne diseases including diarrhoea accounting for 10, 000 deaths of under five year olds annually and the periodic cholera outbreaks recorded in 2012 alone, hope for some amount of reduction is near.
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Akwasi Opong-Fosu, could not be more forthcoming when addressing the workshop, commended the efforts being made by the participating governments in making water from doubtful, unsafe sources, cleaned and safe for households.
It’s heart-warming that, all that the workshop is seeking to achieve is to scale up or heighten the use of the technology in all nooks and crannies of urban and rural communities.
The ball is now in the court of participating governments’ countries. The expectation is that they will gather courage and exercise the political will to implement various resolutions reached at the workshop for the betterment of their people.