Samuel Dodoo, GNA
Accra, Oct. 9, GNA – Dr Owen Laws Kaluwa, the
World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative in Ghana, has said there will be
a high level meeting of WHO delegation from October 16 to 19, in Accra.
This is to engage member countries on Water
Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme.
The meeting would help re-assess activities on
the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goal Six (SDG-6) set out by the
United Nations in 2015 to ensure sustainable availability of water and
management of sanitation in the member countries.
Dr Kaluwa made this known when he paid a
courtesy call on Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Minister of Sanitation and
Water Resources, in Accra on Monday, to inform her about the meeting.
He said the meeting would also provide the
opportunity to WASH sector organisations to highlight the importance of water
and advocate for sustainable management of the resource.
“It was meant to address diseases such as
cholera and other water borne diseases through the improvement of water and
sanitation services in the countries, raise awareness about disaster
preparedness and planning,” he said.
Dr Kaluwa said there would be a launch of
strategies such as household water treatment and the WHO’s mandate to equip
countries with the right knowledge, systems and resources for addressing
Madam Dapaah, on her part, said government had
put in place so many interventions to ensure that sanitation issues become a
thing of the past, noting that; “it will take a collective effort and
commitment by all to ensure its success.”
She said sustained environmental and
sanitation campaigns were needed to remind the people of the need to protect
the environment at all times.
The Minister said President Nana Addo Dankwa
Akufo-Addo’s wish to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa required a
concerted effort and commitment of the citizenry to help achieve that goal.
Madam Dapaah called for conscientious efforts
of the people to desist from practices such as gas emissions, illegal mining,
indiscriminate dumping of waste and pollution of water bodies, which were
factors that caused climate change.
She said the Government was committed to
providing the necessary logistical and human resource in waste management with
the focus on waste conversion and closure of illegal dumpsites to ensure clean
“The municipal, metropolitan and district
assemblies have provided facilities, infrastructural services and programmes
for effective waste management to ensure the attainment of the SDG-6 for
healthy environmental sanitation,” she said.
“We, therefore, look forward to a successful
WHO high level meeting with member countries in Accra to share ideas on the
improvement of the lives of our people.”
The Minister had earlier visited illegal
dumpsites behind the International Central Gospel Church at Abossey Okai, Korle
Dudor, opposite the Korle-bu Mortuary, Mallam Market and Osu Castle to
ascertain the level of sanitation challenges and find solutions.
She advised residents to stop dumping waste
indiscriminately, especially in drains, to prevent flooding and diseases.