Ghana – Poor sanitation poses threat to child survival

More than 15,000 children die in Ghana annually of sanitation related diseases before attaining the age of five, a United Nations Human Development report has revealed.

The diseases include malaria, diarrhoea, typhoid and cholera.

Mr Kweku Quansah, Programme Officer at the Environmental Health Sanitation Directorate of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Environment disclosed this in Kumasi at the weekend.

He said 72 percent of Ghanaians, representing 18 million of the population, had household latrines, whilst the remaining 18 percent shared toilet facilities.

Mr Quansah was speaking at a seminar on sanitation for media practitioners in the northern sector of the country.

More – Ghana News

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