This year’s World toilet day celebration was held at Adamupe in the East Gonja municipality in the Savannah Region.
The event is celebrated each year in the month of November and celebrated globally to highlight the global sanitation crisis to the about 4.2 billions people around the world who are living without access to a safely managed Sanitation.
Without clean and safe toilets, untreated human waste get out into the environment and spreads deadly and chronic diseases, thereby increasing the chances of people getting sick.
According to Mr Patrick Maraa Tachin, the East Gonja Cluster Manager, research has revealed that around the world, at least 892 million people continue to practice open defecation which often causes the spread of diarrhoea diseases.
He added that, an estimated number of 1,000 children die around the world each day from diarrhoea related attributed to poor sanitation and contaminated water sources.
He explained that, Safe sanitation and the practice of good hygiene and safe water supply systems can save the lives of more than 350,000 children a year and against which background that World Vision as an organization has taken it upon itself to join hands with other like minded stakeholders such as Ghana Education Service, Ghana Health Service, the environment Health Unit and the Municipal Assembly to create awareness and get involved relevant stakeholders and community members to embrace behaviour change and approach towards latrine construction which he said will further enhance upon the CLTS campaign in communities and therefore called on community leaders present to remain committed to the call since it will go a long way to enhance upon the health status of their children and they themselves.
Research has outlined the role health and sanitation plays in the growth, education and development of every Child and World Vision as part of its mandate seeks to promote a very conducive environment for every child to have life in all its fullness and therefore committed to undertaking developmental projects like the provision of water, institutional latrines, food security, behavior change communications and various human empowerment programmes especially for the vulnerable groups, He added.
Mr. Patrick Maraa Tachin said, this year, World Vision is committed to providing three 6 seater KVIP laterines with changing room for girls in three schools and 44 seater KVIP laterines for health facilities in 4 communities and that, the have begun the contract award processes.
He assured that, the will be collaborating with the relevant institutions to earmark the exact locations for the facilities in the 7 communities and disclosed that the have also earmarked for water provision and mechanization project similar to that of the Adamupe Community which is about 95% complete.
He however acknowledge that, World Vision alone cannot do all and used the platform to call on all stakeholders to join hands in whichever way they can to support the agenda.
Sources: Padfm.com.gh/ Imoru Alhassan( kanyiti fm)