Coronavirus; Gov't Urged To Ensure Nationwide Free Water Supply
A sanitation and health watch group, DAMAK Sanitation Watch and Health, has appealed to government to ensure that there is constant flow of water in this coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking for the group, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Akgri M. Daniel, beseeched government to consider to use the nation’s security apparatus in providing water in this very dire situation.
“On behalf of the people, DAMAK is appealing to the government to consider using the fire service, military service and the police service water supply channels to provide this essential service making sure that people who find it difficult to get water have access to it.”
He went on to entreat the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to put measures in place to moderate the inconsistency in water supply as lives of residents of affected communities are at stake.
“DAMAK is also entreating Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to put in place appropriate measures to curb the menace of erratic water supply to enhance proper flow of water to reduce the challenges facing people over water. Regular hand washing with soap is the major measure to ensure CORONAVIRUS free syndrome but erratic water flow in some communities in the country is making it uneasy for residents in such localities to practice continuous hand washing which is national concern.”
Mr. Akgri further indicated that it is about time the government attaches some urgency to this aspect of fighting coronavirus.
“It's high time government consider and treat such decision as urgent to ensure that people get water to wash their hands timely as directed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the basic major preventive measures to win the fight against COVID-19.”
The group which has been keenly monitoring the situation has urged government to consider nationwide free water supply to enable regular washing of hands in order to control the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
DAMAK Sanitation Watch and Health further advised the general public to adhere to the basic measures outlined by the World Health Organization and the government of Ghana as the key preventive tools in the fight against COVID 19 pandemic.
Some basic directives indicated to follow include; regular hand washing with running water and soap, the use of alcoholic-based rub or sanitizers, covering one’s mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing with tissue and properly disposing off, among others.
Why is constant flow of water important?
During this pandemic one of the surest ways proven to protect one against being infected by the novel coronavirus, is by washing hands with soap and water under running water as often as possible.
Hand-washing with soap and water is a far more powerful weapon against germs than many of us realize.
The virus is encased in a lipid envelope -- basically, a layer of fat. Soap can break that fat apart and make the virus unable to infect you.
The second thing soap does is mechanical. It makes skin slippery so that with enough rubbing, we can pry germs off and rinse them away.