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12.04.2011 Health

NGO champions environmental sanitation in Brong Ahafo Region

By GNA
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April 11, 2011
Sunyani, April 11, GNA - The Director of Operations of Global Media Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has advised Municipal and District Assemblies in the Brong Ahafo Region to place high premium on environmental sanitation to guard against the outbreak of cholera.

Mr Victor Boamah entreated NGOs, religious, youth and women groups to also contribute their part to promote environmental hygiene.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview to mark this year's World Health Day, Mr Boamah said the outbreak of the disease in some parts of the country made it imperative for interventions to minimise its spread.

The Director of operations noted that lack of commitment and low priority placed on sanitation, as well as the inability of district assemblies to enforce bye-laws were contributory factors to the outbreak of diseases.

He explained that a survey conducted by the foundation in Sunyani West District showed that only about 17 per cent of the population had access to quality health care delivery.

Mr Boamah said the area had no hospital and the few health centres lacked modern facilities and equipment.

He appealed to the government and the district assembly to as a matter of urgency provide a district hospital and upgrade health centres at Nsoatre, Chiraa and Bofourkom to meet the medical needs of the people.

Mr Boamah called on the Ghana Health Service to post more health personnel to deprived communities in the region to improve the health status of the people.

GNA

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