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23.03.2006 Regional News

Period of Water borne diseases at Otaipro is over


Otaipro (E/R), March 23, GNA - Guinea worm and other water borne diseases which hitherto were afflicting residents of Otaipro in the Birim South District of the Eastern Region is now a thing of the past, following the provision of two boreholes in the area. RfW, a German donor partner provided the facilities estimated at about 140 million cedis. This came to light, when DR Quido Faludi, Senior Project Manager of Water and Sanitation Division Sub-Saharan Africa in the company of some officials of the RfW and the Ministry of Water Resources Works and Housing interacted with the residents on Thursday.

The people told the officers that apart from water borne diseases, which used to afflict them, they at times spent several hours looking for water from reptiles infected ponds for domestic use. Mr Faludi advised them to take good care of the facilities to help prolong their life span.

Mr Samuel Gyan Barima the District Co-ordinating Director expressed gratitude of the assembly to the German Government and the Water and Sanitation Committees (WATSON) for assisting communities in the district to have potable drinking water. He urged the people to take their contributions of one thousand cedis monthly levy per adult towards the maintenance of the pumps seriously. The team later visited Gyinankoma in the district to conduct feasibility studies towards the provision of similar facilities in the area.