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E/R: Hematuria strikes Kukua Aketebo as they compete with animals for water (AUDIO)

Residents of Kukua Aketebo, a deprived farming community in the Suhum Municipality in the Eastern Region have expressed concern about the manner in which they compete with domestic animals for water from a stream in the community.

That, they said, was a result of the lack of alternative sources of water in the community for domestic purposes such as cooking and drinking, which had compelled them to rely on dugouts at the stream for water.

Some of the residents of the community told Michael Agyapong Agyapa that the situation is not pleasant and asked authorities to provide them with potable water.

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This, according to them, has gone a long way to enhance the health condition of residents living in the area as they have been struck by Hematuria.

“Sometimes if you are not lucky, you will come and see feces of these animals in the water and you have no option than to fetch the water home, most people here see blood after urinating,” a resident told Michael Agyapong Agyapa.

An assembly member of the electoral area, John Addo Bekoe said the situation worsens each day as many people have been hit by Hematuria.

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“I’m appealing to the government, non-governmental organizations, and philanthropists to come to the aid of the affected communities by providing potable water,” he told Michael Agyapong Agyapa.

The residents appealed to the Member of Parliament for the area, Boafo Kwadwo Asante to come to their aid by providing them with a source of potable water.

Reaching out to the member of parliament for the Suhum constituency, Boafo Kwadwo Asante said that he was aware of the challenges facing the people including the challenge in accessing potable water.

He gave the assurance that he would negotiate with authorities and find solutions to those challenges.

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They said if nothing was done to alleviate their plight in accessing potable water in the community, they would not entertain any politician who would come to the community to campaign for votes during the electioneering.

Meanwhile, Ghana, as a signatory to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was required to, among other things; ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Listen to some of the residents in the audio below:

Source: Michael Agyapong Agyapa

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