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AS its contribution to the eradication of guinea worm disease in the Northern Region, World Vision Ghana has drilled 39 boreholes at the cost of 25 billion in the Zabzugu/Tatale district.
Norbert Akolbila, District Programme Manager of World Vision told the Times at Zabzugu that 19 of the boreholes have been tested for water quality and found to be potable.
He said that the guinea worm menace was one of the major factors contributing to the high level of poverty in the northern part of the country hence the need to provide potable water for communities which lack it.
Mr Akolbila said that World Vision has identified guinea worm and other water borne disease as the most common illnesses in the northern regions and this had motivated the organization to implement its rural water project in the area.
He explained that under its rural water project World Vision in collaboration with the communities and district assembles would ensure availability of potable water in the districts.
Mr Akolbila noted that women spent all their time searching for water during the dry season.
The provision of water would offer them the opportunity to do other things to better their lives.
He said in order to be able to regularly maintain the boreholes 55 people from seven selected communities have been trained on how to service it.
The programme manager also said that World Vision had donated drugs and other medical equipment valued at 60 million cedis to the district to be distributed to clinics.
Mr Akolbila added that a number of workshops have been organized by the organization to sensitise the public on the dangers of HIV/AIDS.
On education, he stated that a number of schools in the district have benefited from the organization in form of assorted books and sports equipment as part of its commitment to the provision of quality education.
In line with this commitment Mr Akolbila said world vision was carrying out registration of 800 day nursery and primary school children under three years of age for sponsorship.
He commended district chief executive Alhaji Yakubu Bukari for collaborating with development partners to reduce the suffering of the people in the area.