Thousands of communities in portions of the Volta region hit by floods caused by spilled waters from the Akosombo and Kpong Dams face risk.
This is because some of the displaced people in the Volta region’s North and South Tongu are turning to utilizing dirty water for some of their duties.
The floods not only displaced families and destroyed their livelihoods, but it also caused the Ghana Water Company in the region to go down.
Because of the usage of dirty water, an outbreak of cholera and other waterborne illnesses is impending.
Mamaga Adzesu, Queenmother of Sokpoe in the Volta region’s North Tongue District, is concerned that citizens would exhibit signs of illness shortly if the polluted water situation is not addressed immediately.
“The water is highly polluted, they have to come to our aid. We went for a meeting on Sunday and the MP suggested we use the Agohome Dam – that one they will be able to sterilise it.
“He mentioned some chemicals the VRA is supposed to buy so that they would be able to open the tap intermittently, but as I am speaking now, the tap is not flowing and for weeks now, we don’t have water.
“We need to drink, bath, wash, and cook. What water are we going to use for all these activities? It is a problem for us,” she lamented.
“My fear is after this then the sicknesses will start coming up.”
Devine Afenu, the District Chief Executive for North Tongu, told JoyNews that local health authorities are partnering with people from the Ghana Medical Association to check all persons impacted by the floods in the villages.
According to him, the team has established mobile clinics in the locations, and screening has begun.