Women in Nanumba North walk seven-hours for Dirty Water

Women in Nanumba North walk seven-hours for Dirty Water

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Views: 145 Ishmael Junourgh, Bimbilla, N/R, May 13, 2019, Mon., 01:37 At some communities in the Nanumba North Municipality of the Northern Region; Ju...

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Ishmael Junourgh, Bimbilla, N/R, May 13, 2019, Mon., 01:37

At some communities in the Nanumba North Municipality of the Northern Region; Juanayili, Jagudo, and Akwesido —women and girls walk at least seven hours—searching for water.

The only source of drinking water for those communities is a tributary of the river Oti that far.

The women complained that politicians—”with their broken promises”—do not care about their source of water.

“They come here only in elections to lie to us for votes.”

But, the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 says: “All member countries should achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water by 2030.”

The Community Water and Sanitation under the Ministry of Water and Sanitation is responsible for the improvement in rural water in Ghana.

To this end, the community women said they were falling sick, were losing hours for work on their farms and their girls were leaving school to join them in the water search.

The Assembly Member for Juanayili, Dawuni Kwaku Lifordor said: “The men were abusing and enslaving the women and the girls over the water crisis because only women were in the center of the crisis and have to walk for seven hours for a basin of water from the river.”

When asked, he said it would take at least seven boreholes to improve water supply in the area.

At Juanayili community, two boreholes had broken and the Assembly Member said those had been yielding salty water.

But, he said a third one was to be completed yet it would not solve the problem for the population size; close to 2000.

He narrated that the women relied on pit water, some four kilometers away, but too soon it dried up compelling them to trek seven hours daily to the tributary for water.

At Juanayili CHPS compound, the Senior Enroll Nurse, Nayina Thomas said that the Assembly Member had to beg the women to supply the health facility with some water.

He said the water from the river was usually not safe, but they had no alternative.

He said the pregnant women were been asked to take their dot-medication at home because the facility does not have water.

“We are not sure whether they take it or they do not.” The nurse expressed frustration.

He said for the same reason it was difficult for them if delivery occurred at the facility.

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