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Volta-NDC urges gov’t to avert looming health crisis in flooded communities

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8 months ago
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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Volta Region has called on the government to as matter urgency put in place measure to prevent any outbreak in the affected flooded communities in the region.

This comes on the back of several communities around the Volta Lake submerged in water, displacing many residents as a result of Akosombo Dam Spillage.

The flooding due to the spillage has forced many communities in the North, South, and Central Tongu districts among other parts of the Volta Region to evacuate, leaving them with no choice but to try and save what’s left of their belongings.

Experts also fear the current insanitary conditions created by spillage of the dams could create a public health crisis if proper steps are not taken immediately to address the problem.

In a statement the NDC indicated that as the waters recede, though at snail-pace, a myriad of obvious challenges emerge, ranging mainly from contaminated water sources to increased risk of diseases.

“In the wake of the recent catastrophic human-induced flood caused by the release of water from the dams harboring the Akosombo and Kpong Hydroelectricity Installations, communities along the Lower Volta Basin find themselves on the brink of a looming health crisis.

“As the waters recede, though at snail-pace, a myriad of obvious challenges emerge, ranging mainly from contaminated water sources to increased risk of diseases,” the Volta Regional Communication Officer, Sorkpa Kafui Agbleze stated in a press release.

Below is the full press release  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VOLTA NDC ON THE LOOMING HEALTH CRISIS IN FLOOD-STRICKEN RIVERINE COMMUNITIES OF THE LOWER VOLTA BASIN

In the wake of the recent catastrophic human-induced flood caused by the release of water from the dams harboring the Akosombo and Kpong Hydroelectricity Installations, communities along the Lower Volta Basin find themselves on the brink of a looming health crisis. As the waters recede, though at snail-pace, a myriad of obvious challenges emerge, ranging mainly from contaminated water sources to increased risk of diseases. This short write-up delves into some of the multifaceted repercussions of this preventable flood, shedding a sharp light on the urgent need for rapid disaster response and immediate as well as long-term health interventions to safeguard the well-being of these affected inhabitants of the hard-hit communities.

North Tongu


In the North Tongu Constituency, reports have so far it that there is an increase in recorded cases of malaria and diarrhoea. As much as seventeen (17) health workers, including nurses from various health facilities, have been rendered homeless.

South Tongu


The South Tongu District Hospital has been over-stretched and over-whelmed due to the complete closure of the Comboni Polyclinic that was submerged by the spilled flood waters. The largest state health facility at Sogakope is recording an increase in the number of OPD cases while some patients on admission had to sleep on the floor due to limited bed capacity.

South Dayi


The facility in Kpongbonikope in South Dayi has been totally cut off hence hindering the residents of Adzibui access to health care facilities. Some of the people in these riverine areas within South Dayi are left with no option than to continue using the polluted spilled water that has run through public toilets, septic tanks and morgues in the affected communities for their domestic and commercial purposes thereby exposing them to faeco-oral diseases and water borne illness.

North Dayi

Communities such as Awate, Tornu, Tsorxor and Wusutakpebi rely mostly on water from the Volta Lake, and this water has currently been polluted. The boreholes in the communities are broken down leaving the people with no other choice than to make do with the contaminated water from the Volta Lake.

Ketu South


The Hatsukope and Blekusu health facilities have been closed down by virtue of the flood waters. Those in Klikor and Blekusu are currently cut off, making it difficult for other communities to access.

Keta

The people within the Anyako, Seva, Borlorve and Norlorpi are currently finding it very difficult to access health care. Residents of Anyako also have the challenge of insufficient water supply.

Anlo

The facilities in Kodzi, Galo-Sota, Trekume, Tregui lack adequate medical consumables.

The Call by Volta NDC


The NDC in the Volta Region is thereby:

Calling on Hon. Freda Prempeh, Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources to increase the supply of pipe borne water to the affected areas especially in South Dayi and North Dayi Districts.


Demanding for the urgent repair of all spoiled bore holes and the construction of new mechanized boreholes in areas that are in dire need.


Imploring the Ministry of Health to engage in a vigorous health campaign in the affected areas and also come out with innovative ways of reducing the pressure on the Sogakope District Hospital.


Increase mobile clinics in inaccessible areas


Calling for the increase in the supply of medical consumables to the affected areas for proper health care.


In conclusion, the recent flooding caused by spilled water from the Kpong and Akosombo hydroelectric installations poses a significant health crisis for the communities along its banks. The aftermath of this avoidable disaster demands urgent attention, especially from those in government, to address the health and environmental challenges that these communities now face. Immediate relief efforts, long-term mitigation strategies, and comprehensive healthcare support are crucial to help these communities recover and rebuild their lives in the wake of this crisis.

Signed:

Sorkpa Kafui Agbleze
(NDC Volta Regional Communications Officer)

source: Starrfm.com