Australian gov’t hands over sanitation facility to Atwima

By
Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA 

Atwima-Koforidua
(Ash), March 15, GNA – The Australian government has handed over a 20-seater
sanitation facility to the people of Atwima-Koforidua in the Atwima-Nwabiagya
North district.

The facility is part
of efforts by the people of Australia to help address sanitation issues in
Ghana.

Mr. Andrews Barnes,
the Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, who inaugurated the facility said
the provision of the facility was in response to an appeal made by the people
in the community in 2017.

He said one of the
major challenges facing Ghana was improper sanitation and waste management,
adding that, access to toilet facilities was a nightmare to many people,
especially those in deprived communities.

The resultant open
defecation had led to many preventable diseases like cholera, diarrhoea,
typhoid fever and others, which continued to prove deadly, especially among
women and children in Ghana.

Mr Barnes stressed the
need for strong advocacy for improved sanitary conditions, saying, it was of
utmost commitment by his government to help improve sanitation and health
outcomes for people living in vulnerable situations.

He said the project,
was one of the 10 Water and Sanitation projects, which was being funded in
Ghana and three non-resident countries of accreditation, through the 2017
Direct Aid Programme grants of the Australian government. 

The Direct Aid
Programme, according to him, was an important tool that enabled the Australian
High Commission achieve practical and tangible humanitarian and development
outcomes in local communities.

Mr. Barnes commended
Mr. Benito Owusu-Bio, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area and his team
for taking on the project.

He advised them to
continue helping in the promotion of health and sanitation, which was a tool
for dignity and economic development.

Mr. Owusu-Bio said
about 90 per cent of residents were going to benefit from the project.

He urged them to take
ownership of the facility and ensure it delivered on the objectives for which
it was established.

The MP said plans were
underway to construct more toilet facilities in Adankwame, Akropong, Pokukrom
and other communities to improve healthy lifestyles.

GNA

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