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19.1% Ghanaians don’t have enough drinking water – GSS


According to the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), the Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (GDHS) for 2022 found that 19.1% of Ghanaian residents lacked sufficient drinking water in the month preceding the survey.


The Northern Region had the highest percentage, with 32.1 percent of residents unable to access safe drinking water. Oti (31.2%) and North East (26.2%) followed as the locales with the following most elevated rates of deficient drinking water. Conversely, the Upper East (14.0%) and Ashanti (14.5%) areas had the most minimal rates of people without sufficient drinking water, with figures not exactly a portion of those of the Northern and Oti locales.


This information was made public by the GSS in a statement in honor of World Water Day, which is observed annually on March 22. Water for Peace is the year 2024's theme. In addition, the GSS noted that, on a national scale, 6.5 percent of people had to travel more than 30 minutes round trip to obtain drinking water. “More than a quarter of the population, or 27.5%, said they had to travel more than 30 minutes to get water, which was the highest percentage ever recorded.


The Northern (18.6%) and Upper West (18.6%) regions followed. In Ghana, 59.9% of the population did not have access to running water. Nine in each ten people (89.8%) in the Savannah Locale didn't have water on their premises, the most elevated recorded and 1.5 times higher than the public normal. North East (86.5%) and Oti (83.5%) locales have the second and third most elevated percent of the populace without water on their premises."


"More prominent Accra (22.0%) recorded the most minimal level of the populace without water in the vicinity. The only other region in which less than half of the population does not have access to water is Volta Region (47.1%). More than 90.0 percent of the populace in the most minimal abundance quintile (93.6%) were without drinking water on their premises, more the multiple times the rate recorded for those in the most noteworthy abundance quintile (17.5%)," it expressed.


As per the Ghana Measurable Help (GSS), 83.8% of the populace cross country approached essentially fundamental drinking water administrations. This was characterized as having a better water source that expected something like a 30-minute full circle for assortment, or having water accessible in the vicinity.


The North East Region, where less than half of the population has access to basic water services, has the lowest percentage, at 43.4%. Savannah (54.2%), Oti (57.8%), and Northern (64.4%) locales have the following most noteworthy level of the populace with admittance to essential water administrations. Greater Accra (97.7%) and Ashanti (94.8%) had the highest percentage of people who have access to basic services, with numbers that are more than twice as high as those in the North East Region.


“The percentage of people in the lowest wealth quintile who have access to at least basic water services is the lowest (52.1%), which is almost half the percentage of people in the highest wealth quintile (97.9%). Eight in each 10 (82.3%) of people utilizing unchanged water sources didn't treat their water. Unchanged water sources allude to unprotected dug wells or unprotected springs," it expressed.


The Help highlighted that eight in each 10 (84.3%) people utilizing surface water (i.e., drinking water straightforwardly from a waterway, dam, lake, lake, stream, trench, or water system channel) didn't treat their water.


The 2022 Ghana Segment and Wellbeing Overview report, assets, and microdata are accessible to download at no expense from www.statsghana.gov.gh.

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