Women and children from the Miawani community call for safe drinking water


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The women and children of Miawani, a farming community in Suhum Municipality, are crying out for drinking water because the community’s only water source is in dire condition.

The only source of water is from a stream called “Kwame ntow”, which is so dirty that residents of this community have to boil it before using it for cooking and sometimes drinking.

It is said that water is life and one of the essential basic needs of every community. Access to clean water is essential for improving sanitation and hygiene, progress in health and education, and in overall poverty reduction, however, many rural communities do not have access to drinking water.

Mr. Augustine Bramssey, a community secretary, told GNA as part of the media mobilization for Covid-19, a project implemented by Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) and the Association reporters from Ghana have said for many years that there has been no drinking water system. built for them and had no choice but to rely solely on the dirty-looking creek for their water needs.

Making a passionate cry for help revealed this; “Pigs and other animals drink from this stream and we humans drink it too because we have no other source of water, so we collect it and go boil it before we drink.”

According to him, some boreholes were provided to the community some time ago, but they were not working and therefore the few people who could afford to buy sachet water for their drinking needs when the majority depended on stream and called on the assembly to come to their aid. .

Mr Bramssey expressed concern that the stream, which had become the only source of water for locals, was very close to a cemetery and feared that in the event of heavy rains some of the old burial grounds might be washed away in the stream.

Some women the GNA spoke to revealed that their children often got sick with diarrhea and usually had an itchy skin after bathing with water, but they had no choice but to take it easy. ‘use because it was the only source of water.

Some of the women told the GNA that they barely practice handwashing which is one of the safety protocols of Covid-19, “the water is so dirty that there is no sense in it. use to wash your hands even after bathing with water you don’t feel good, ”they pointed out.

“When we use the water to cook rice for example, you would think that we have soaked the rice in muddy water before cooking,” Ms. Mercy Ofosua, 35, told GNA and called the assembly. municipal council to help him. .

She wondered why a community so close to urban areas like Accra and Koforidua could use such unsafe water.
During dry seasons, the stream dries up and locals have no choice but to walk to nearby communities to collect water.

According to the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF), data showed that despite progress made in ensuring that children and families in all regions of the country have access to safe drinking water, 76 percent of households in Ghana are at risk of drinking water contaminated with fecal matter.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to foster economic growth, ensure social inclusion and protect the environment, and SDG6 of Ghana’s goals focuses on improving access to water drinking water and sanitation for Ghanaian citizens, especially rural communities.

The national vision for the water and sanitation sector is a sustainable basic water and sanitation service for all by 2025, which in detailed terms means that all people living in Ghana have access to adequate, safe, affordable and reliable basic water service, practice safe sanitation and hygiene

The lack of potable water in the community of Miawani represents many communities in the region who lacked portable potable water deepening the voices of rural women and children who already have to struggle to be on par with others in the areas. urban areas in terms of education and health needs.

Meanwhile, in an interview with the chief of the municipal executive of Suhum, Ms Margaret Darko-Darkwah, she acknowledged the lack of potable water for the community of Miawani and assured that the community would soon receive water. drinking water thanks to ongoing development projects to resolve their situation.

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