VRA hands-over toilet facility to Dzebetato community

By
Kodjo Adams, GNA

Dzebetato (V/R), March
15, GNA- The Volta River Authority (VRA) on Thursday commissioned and
handed-over 30-unit micro-flush toilet systems to the people of Dzebetato in
the South Tongu district of the Volta Region.

The facility, which
was constructed by Biofilcom, at the cost of GHc 150,000 is part of the
Authority’s corporate social responsibility to respond to the sanitation needs
of underserved communities in the country.

A speech read on
behalf of Madam Sheila Seidu, the Director, General Services, VRA said the
company prioritized issues of sanitation and water especially in communities
along the Volta River.

She stated that access
to improved toilets and potable water remained critical among the company’s
community development activities to help fight the prevalence of diseases such
as bilharzia.

The Community is the
second to benefit from the facility after Kebenu in the Central Tongu District,
where similar 30 units were provided to clustered households.

She announced that,
the prevalence rate of the disease in Kebenu had considerably reduced from 84
per cent to 20 per cent, adding that all hand dug pit latrines that breed
maggots and flies have been destroyed in the community after the facility was
handed-over in Kebenu.

“As a result of the
initiative, indiscriminate defecation and urinating around and in the river
have stopped. This has led us to extend our support to the people of Dzebetato
so we could tell another success story. This can be achieved with the
cooperation of all stakeholders”, she added.

Madam Seidu said the
gesture was to complement the annual mass drug administration and sensitization
efforts between VRA and the Ghana Health Service to help address the menace of
bilharzia disease in communities.

She advised the
community leaders to take good care of the facility, since maintenance culture
had been a challenge in the country.

Togbe Kofi Akpli IV,
the Chief of Dzebetato commended VRA for the facility and accepted the
initiative in utmost good faith and promised to take care of the project.

Togbe Akpli IV said
Dzebeta was a lagoon but since the construction of the Akosombo Dam, life had
become difficult for the community members, because 1965 was the last time they
saw water in the lagoon, and since then economical activities has been grounded
to a halt.

He appealed to the
authorities to come to their aid by bringing back the lagoon, for the Dzebetato
community to restore it past glory.

The Chief said the
community lacked a descent Junior High School classroom block, inadequate
street lights, and inaccessibility of the school feeding programme, and
appealed to the District Chief Executive to come to their aid and address these
problems.

Mr Emmanuel Louis
Agama, the District Chief Executive, South Tongu District Assembly said the
facility was in line with government policy on sanitation to prevent open
defecation in communities and ensure environmental cleanliness.

He assured the
community of government resolve to address their challenges, adding that his
outfit would adopt the new modern technology facility in the district’s
sanitation plans to ensure a safe environment.

Mr Denis Boabeng, the
Project Engineer, Biofilcom, said the facility is an off-grid alternative to
septic tank that treats faecal matter on site in a digester, and comes with an
odour free system and attracts no insects.

He said the company
had installed a number of its biofil toilet system for schools, institutions
across the country and are currently working on a World Bank funded project for
low income communities in 11 districts in Accra.

GNA

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