No single case of cholera in the last five years, says Bawumia

Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said the government’s investments in the water and sanitation sector resulted in the country not recording a single case of cholera in the last five years.

Ghana recorded its worst outbreak of cholera in 2014 with eight out of its 10 regions being affected. The cholera outbreak started in June 2014 and continued to 2015.

By the end of January 2015 when the outbreak was finally contained, over 28, 000 cases with 243 deaths had been recorded in all 10 regions of Ghana.

Speaking at the commissioning of a small town water project in Tuna on Monday (10 October 2022), as part of his two-day working visit to the Savannah Region, Bawumia said that over US$740 million has been invested by the government in the provision of potable drinking water.

“If you will all avert your mind, Ghana has not had a single case of cholera in the last five years. Not one single case of cholera,” he said.

While disclosing that overall access to water in Ghana currently stands at 87%, 96% for urban access and 74% for rural access, he added that, “we all know that under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, Goal number 6 is a goal for us to attain clean water sanitation for all.”

“In this regard, the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has had a policy of water for all. This water for all policy has resulted in an investment programme of about US$740 million in terms of investment in water systems in various towns and communities”.


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