Voltic (Gh) Ltd, the nation’s leading producer of bottled natural mineral water, in partnership with World Vision Ghana, has inaugurated two boreholes at the cost of $27,000 for the Akara CHPS Compound and Woriyanga Health Centre in the Garu Tempane District of the Upper East Region.
The project initiated under World Vision’s “WASH for Improved Socio-economic Empowerment (WISE)” programme is to address the water safety and access challenges in the district by providing the two health facilities with mechanically-drilled boreholes as well as build capacities for ownership and sustainability and improvement in water and sanitation issues.
The two health centres receive all referral cases from the Community-based and Health Planning Services (CHPS) compounds and clinics in the district but do not have access to safe water.
It is against this backdrop that the two entities contributed towards the construction of the boreholes as well as the implementation of both sanitation and hygiene interventions to ensure that the various sectors of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) are holistically implemented in the identified areas.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony the Corporate Affairs Manager of Voltic (Gh) Ltd, Cyrus deGraft-Johnson noted that the provision of the water facilities at the two health facilities would reduce the disease burden, especially those of public health concern.
He indicated that the availability of safe water at the health facilities would ensure that visitors and patients practice good personal hygiene, particularly hand washing at critical times, adding that, it would also enable the health facilities to cleanse its equipment thoroughly to prevent any possible outbreak of an epidemic.
“I would like to commend World Vision for making this happen. World Vision has been a very important partner in our quest to create a resilient world where our business, local communities and ecosystems share uninterrupted access to safe, clean water.”
In his remarks, the National Director of WVG, Mr. Hubert Charles said that World Vision was committed to partnering with corporate institutions and other development partners to increase access to safe water and improved sanitation for children and their families in deprived communities in Ghana.
Voltic has been partnering with World Vision Ghana for the past 4 years in the area of basic education thousands children have benefitted from this partnership which involves the distribution of lapdesks to children in very deprived communities in Ghana.