The Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) have been called upon to intensify their support in promoting Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in their districts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal Six (SDG 6).
Dr Charles Kessey, the Director for Research Statistic and Information Management at the Office of the Head of the Local Government Service (OHLGS) said it was the duty of the MMDAs to use the resources given to them to implement sanitation intervention measures in the communities.
He made the call during a workshop organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in partnership with UNICEF and the Price Water House Coopers (PWC). The workshop held in Tamale was aimed at working to improve on quality of water and sanitation in the Northern Region.
According to him, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation have negative impact on food security and livelihood of the people in the communities, which needed to be addressed.
He urged the MMDAs to utilize the resources allocated to them to improve on portable drinking water, promote sanitation and health care delivery in the region.
Mr Brian Tsikpor, the Principal Planner at OHLGS said there was the need to invest in the management of fresh water ecosystems and sanitation facilities in the local level.
He called for the need to supervise and monitor how the funds allocated to MMDAs were used for progress towards WASH project especially in the community level.
Mr Augustine Aboagye, the Director of PWC urged MMDAs to develop new plans to stop Open Defecation in their districts to advance healthcare delivery.