The Volta Regional Health Directorate is growing increasingly concerned about the potential outbreak of waterborne diseases in the wake of flooding in certain districts of the Volta Region.
This worry stems from the inundation of numerous latrines and open sanitation facilities with floodwater, largely due to the Akosombo Dam spillage.
Stella Kumedzro, the Volta Regional Environmental Health Officer, is emphasizing the urgent need to provide safe drinking water to the affected communities.
She has made a heartfelt appeal to the authorities to address this issue promptly.
According to Kumedzro, many people affected by the flooding continue to use surface water for essential activities such as cooking, bathing, and other household chores.
This situation poses a significant risk to public health, potentially leading to water-related diseases, skin rashes, diarrhea, typhoid, and more.
The North Tongu District Health Director, Michael Kofi Zigah, has shed light on how the flooding incident is adversely affecting healthcare delivery in the district.
Displaced communities are left without access to regular facilities, including portable water, sanitary facilities, and routine health services.
Zigah noted the challenges faced by the district but also highlighted the successful operationalization of a mobile clinic to address some of the health needs in the area.
The situation in the Volta Region is indeed dire, and prompt action is required to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected communities.
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