According to Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the country has not had a single incidence of cholera in the past five years as a result of government investments in the water and sanitation sector.
2014 had the deadliest cholera outbreak in Ghana’s history, affecting eight of the country’s ten regions.
The cholera epidemic began in June 2014 and persisted through 2015.
When the outbreak was ultimately contained at the end of January 2015, over 28, 000 cases and 243 fatalities had been reported across Ghana’s 10 districts.
Speaking during the opening of a town water project in Tuna, in the Savannah Region, Dr. Bawumia said that the government has spent over $740 million building water projects and infrastructure to provide portable drinking water, clearing Ghana’s cholera records for the previous five years.
“If you will all advert your mind, Ghana has not had a single case of cholera in the last five years. Not one single case of cholera,” he said.
“We all know that under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Goal number 6 is a goal for us to attain clean water sanitation for all,” he said, noting that the country of Ghana currently has an overall water access rate of 87%, a rate of 96% for urban access, and a rate of 74% for rural access.
The government of Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo has a policy of “water for all” in this regard.
A 740-million-dollar investment program in water systems in various cities and localities has been made as a result of the “water for all” strategy.