World Vision Ghana (WVG), a non- governmental organisation, has engaged certain key stakeholders in exploring ways to ensure that Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities are well preserved to ensure its life span.
Government, NGO's and other private institution over the past years have provided WASH facilities to rural communities and small towns but the rampant damages of this materials has marred the overall vision of promoting hygienic living.
In his address Mr. Attah Arhin, the Technical Coordinator of the WVG WASH, highlighted the reasons why WASH facilities should be maintained as most of them do breakdown with no proactive measures taken to ensure its sustainability.
''Record keeping and accountability has been one of the major setback of sustaining WASH facilities, most of the caretakers don't take the appropriate steps to ensure the sustainability, which limits the life span of facilities,'' he noted.
He urged stakeholders to cultivate the habit of maintenance and record keeping, and enumerated how for 22 years, various sustainability measures instituted have failed to yield any laudable result.
He said was due ''to the malfeasance of certain stakeholders in the community” as they often show apathy in ensuring that everybody contributed to the sustainability of facilities.
Mr. Arhin also showed measures and ways to ensure the sustainability of WASH facilities, which includes expediting thorough management of finances as well as consistent record keeping, among many others.
He said the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), has now placed emphasis on the processes to maintain and sustain facilities, especially in small town water systems.