UNICEF Ghana has officially commissioned a school sanitation facility at central zaharia T.I Ahmadiya primary and junior high school in the northern regional capital Tamale.
Central Zaharia T.I Ahmadiya is one of 10 schools in the tamale metropolis that have benefited from the newly constructed and improved school sanitation facilities under the improving sanitation access in urban Ghana programme.
The school has been provided with two new 6-seater latrine facilities one for boys and one for girls for primary and kindergarten, two new 4-seater latrine facilities one for boys and one foe girls for JHS, an over head water storage tank, two hand washing facilities and a stand pipe.
The initiative was supported by the government of Netherlands.
Speaking to the media, the chief of WASH-UNICEF, David Duncan said it was unfortunate for Ghana to have a problem with sanitation. He added that only one in every seven Ghanaian homes has toilet facility, where one in five Ghanaians defecates in the open.
“This is not an emergency causing them to do this, this is what they do every day and they see it to be normal” he added.
He further stated “Ghana is now branded the seventh worst in the world in the case of sanitation which is not very comforting. Children with toilets in their houses are less likely to get diarrhea than those who practice open air defecation and also, every year in Ghana 3600 children die of diarrhea due to open defecation”.
The UNICEF representative, Susan Namondo Ngongi also said the initiative was to make communities in urban areas have access to toilet facilities as well as schools. She further went on and said “No one needs to be convinced on why we need toilets, we need to separate ourselves from the waste we produce and having toilets is the safest way to do that”.
Answering the question on how much the whole project cost she stated it was about 32,000 dollars for both the eight blocks for primary and six blocks for JHS.“There about 300 of such facilities in Ghana being funded by the government of Netherlands” she added.
Further on, the head mistress and head master of central Zaharia T.I Ahmadiya primary and JHS thanked UNICEF Ghana for the facilities and also promised to take care of the facility. They also appealed to the government of Netherlands to come to their aid the second time in providing them with classrooms, furniture, ICT facilities, street lights among others.
By: Abdul Rahim Inusah/kesmifmonline.com