Ghanaian women dying from kitchen smoke induced infections - Local government minister
Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, has called for the mass appreciation of clean cooking technologies to halt the high death rate of Ghanaian women through kitchen smoke induced infections.
She said apart from ensuring the health of the Ghanaian woman, clean cooking would also free up time and energy which was hitherto used for gathering wood and long hours of cooking for other meaningful activities.
Haji Mahatma who granted an interview to the Ghana News Agency, was playing host to Madam Radar Mathai, Chief Executive Officer, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, in Accra.
The two had toured Nsawam and other settlements as part of a fact finding activity on the use of clean cooking technologies.
The Minister, quoting statistics authenticated by Ghana’s health establishment and the World Health Organisation, said household air pollution from cooking claimed an average of 13,400 lives in Ghana annually.
“This means that household pollution is major risk factor” adding that household cooking had also disabled many people through burns and other injuries.
According her, even some men, especially those along the butchery value chain, bore the brunt of these fires as they clean and smoke the animal carcasses after the slaughter.
Hajia said government was looking at the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), as one of the solutions but welcomed the Alliance’s improved biomass drive technology as a viable part of the “solution”
She said institutions such as schools, hospitals, and prisons are being encouraged and helped to turn to clean cooking technologies and called on residents in districts with the requisite resources to take advantage of it under the One District, One Factory policy.
“Palm kennels, sawmills and farm waste are all viable sources of fuel for clean cooking. I encourage people close to these resources to take full advantage.”
Madam Muthiah, said the Alliance was satisfied with results achieved so far in research, usability of their stoves and the appreciation of the need to use clean cooking technology.
She hinted on engaging more ministries and institutions in Ghana to drum home the concept of clean cooking which she said apart from its positive effects on the user, it was environmentally friendly.