The Ghana WASH Journalist Network (GWJN) has raised concerns over the imminent health hazards likely to hit some coastal communities in the Volta region affected by the recent tidal waves.
According to a press statement issued yesterday in Accra, a visit to the most affected community by some members of the GWJN revealed worsening Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) conditions due to the recent disaster.
“We found out that some of the communities and especially residents around the Lagoon areas are engaged in open defecation as the few public toilet facilities dotted around some of these communities may have been affected by the disaster, compromising their safety.
This would obviously deprive locals of hygienic toilet facilities in these difficult times.” Portion of the statement read.
It noted further that with the tidal waves covering the surfaces of the land, it is obvious that faecal matter would be swept into some of the water systems including open hand-dug wells which are the sources of water for some of the residents.
The statement explained can precipitate the outbreak of sanitation related infections including cholera and Diarrhoeal diseases.
It said the GWJN’s observations were strengthened by the call by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Keta Kwame Dzudzorli Gakpey, for urgent source of water and sanitation services for his constituents in the wake of the disaster.
The MP asserted that the sea waves had overrun all the sources of water, ie streams and wells in the communities.
“As we mark the world Toilet Day, the GWJN would like to appeal to WASH sector players, including the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources to, as part of the mitigation measures, take prompt action to assess the immediate WASH needs in the tidal wave- affected communities and put in place adequate and relevant interventions to forestall any emergencies that would put the people in additional jeopardy besides the already dire socio-economic consequences of the disaster. It cautioned.