Poor sanitation kills thousands of minors in GhanaFrom RUSSELL ADADEVOH in Accra, Ghana
ACCRA, (CAJ News) – MORE than 7 500 Ghanaian children die as a result of unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation every year, it has emerged.
The toll is the highest in the continent and seventh-worst in the world.
According to a joint report by both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Ghana, whose annual child death rate from diarrhoea as a result of unsafe drinking water has surpassed 7 500 annually, must address the problem.
UNICEF’s official in charge of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Ghana, David Duncan, confirmed the latest developments.
He urged Ghanaians to invest heavily in the water and sanitation in order to improve the health of its people.
The report has revealed that only one in eight Ghanaians regularly wash their hands when having food, a development that has worsened the diarrhoea and cholera outbreaks.
More report also noted that more than 5 million Ghanaian people do not have access to toilet facilities.
Duncan urged the Ghanaian government to invest in the sanitation programmess in order to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on access to water.
Meanwhile, among the other worst-performing African nations in the provision of sanitation and clean water include South Sudan, Niger, Chad, Madagascar, Togo, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Guinea.
– CAJ News
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