Wed, Dec

water and sanitation

  • “This is an initiative of the AMA but it’s in line with the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resource to identify the Borla Taxi Operators and coordinate their activities so as to regulate the work that they are doing...The registration is the initial step to build their capacity so they can contribute to cleaning the city of Accra,” he added.

    The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in pursuit of the "Clean Accra Project" has so far registered 472 Private Waste Collectors popularly called "Borla Taxis" who operate within the Metropolis to identify, coordinate, monitor and control their activities.

  • One encounter was with a man who unzipped right by his packed car along the N1 stretch close to the bus station.

    Written By Stella Abena Agyeman - It is extremely disheartening and heartbreaking to walk past and through filth almost every step one takes through town these days.

  • He said the facility would among other things convert the unsightly Agbogbloshie area into an Eco Enclave, reduce the turnaround time for operators and improve, efficiency of waste collection in the Central Business Districts (CBD).

    A new Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant (IRECOP) has been commissioned in Accra as part of efforts to sustainably manage waste generated in the city.

  • Also 150 million still drink from untreated water sources such as rivers, lakes and streams, which is a serious health risk. Unclean water according to the World Health Organisation, WHO kills one million babies in their first month of life from preventable deaths, across the world.

    Written by Joyce Gyeke - The earth is made up of about 70 percent water. Out of this 96 percent is held by oceans, meaning all but four percent of our water is saline. Water resources like streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater, provide people with water they need everyday to live. According to the UN, 2.1 billion people have safe drinking water at home, of these 844 million do not have access to drinking water service, including 263 million people who travel for more than 30 minutes per trip to collect water.

  • Giulia Enders, in Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ opines, “The aim of cleaning, then, should be to reduce bacteria numbers—but not to zero. Even harmful bacteria can be good for us when the immune system uses them for training. A couple of thousand Salmonella bacteria in the kitchen sink are a chance for our immune system to do a little sightseeing. They become dangerous only when they turn up in greater numbers. Bacteria get out of hand when they encounter the perfect conditions: a protected location that is warm and moist with a supply of delicious food.”

  • Most institutions, today in Ghana, use water tanks as main water storage systems, but these institutions mainly depend on pipe borne water only to address situations when taps are not flowing.

    Written By Fatima Anafu Astanga - It is only when rains set in with perennial floods that it dawns on all, to ask thousands and one questions why measures are not instituted to avoid recurrence of such disasters.

  • As Ghana joined the international community to mark World Water Day yesterday, the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and its stakeholders have warned of a possible scarcity of potable water nationwide in the near future if the pollution of water bodies is not addressed.

  • I have been wondering since reading this report why we do not see the prudence in solving our national sanitation problem. As a health professional, ...

    “The health consequences of poor water, sanitation and hygiene services are enormous. I can think of no other environmental determinant that causes such profound, debilitating, and dehumanizing misery. Speaking as a health professional, I am deeply concerned that many healthcare facilities still lack access to even basic water, sanitation, and hand-washing facilities, and I have committed the World Health Organisation to support partners to overcome this problem.” Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General.

  • Written By Ken Karr - Accra, the capital of Ghana, lacks the infrastructure to ensure proper waste management. Only 67% of rubbish is collected. The result is that even a cemetery can turn into a rubbish heap. Our Observer was shocked to see a space normally reserved for honoring lost loved ones desecrated in this way.

  • It would be very uncharitable to think that the Accra authorities and the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources are not worried that our nation’s capital city continues to wallow in filth. However, we can only testify to what we see. And what we see is squalor and weeds in our capital city.

    Written By Adjoa Yeboah-Afari - In less than two weeks, this country will be celebrating 61 years of Independence. But are we going to mark it against the backdrop of the filth that we find our country in, one good year after the landmark Diamond Jubilee of self-rule?

  • Indiscriminate disposal of refuse, generated at homes and workplaces, is a common feature, which if not tackled, ...

    On assumption of office in 2017, President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, declared his vision of making Accra, Ghana’s capital, the cleanest city in Africa.

  • I am a missionary in a village called Chanyili in the Northern Region of Ghana. Chanyili is located on the outskirts of Tamale on the Tamale-Kumasi highway.

  • The Minister, on a tour in the area discovered that the factory, which produces Bobo toilet rolls, has been dumping its waste into the Ayensu River.

    The Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng has threatened to shut down a toilet roll manufacturing company at Bawjiase in the Central Region due to its poor waste management practices.

  • Today, March 22, 2019 is Water Day, to be marked globally to drum home the importance of water and the need to ensure that everyone has equal access to it, no matter one’s colour or creed.

    It is generally believed the world over that no one must be denied access to water for any reason because it holds the key to life.

  • We have had leaders since the coming in of the 1992 Fourth Republican Constitution who have not moved beyond their words to address these two issues: perennial floods and poor sanitation.

    Written By Alex Blege - In all sincerity, the myriad of problems that plague us is as a result of the lack of a sense of responsibility and urgency.

  • By mid-2011, Africa’s population (excluding the northern-most states) was 838 million and its average natural rate of increase was 2.6 percent per year, compared to the world average of 1.2 percent. The PRB estimates Africa’s population will grow to 1,245 million by 2025 and to 2,069 million by 2050.

    Written by Dr. Donald Cog Senanu Agumenu - Socio-economic growth and evolution in Africa cannot be overemphasized as the continent moves into the future. Africa has over the last decade become one of the fastest growing and attractive regions in the world, with a $1.96 trillion economy growing at about 6 percent. Yet there are also undeniably daunting challenges facing the continent. These are most notable in the areas of industrialization, water and sanitation, technological advancement, conflict and food security.

  • His reason? “Almost 90 per cent of people living around drainage systems dump refuse into them.” Mr Nyarko said that the offenders have adopted a new strategy of dumping the refuse in drains at night so that the authorities will not see them. He added: “We plead with you, drains are not meant (for) refuse.”

    Written By Ajoa Yeboah-Afari - I want to remind Sanitation Minister Kofi Adda that we are in July and so there are promises he needs to fulfil. In fact, the seventh month will soon be ending, but as far as I can tell, there is no sign that he is keeping his word to the country.

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