Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ghana You Got To Stop It!

Cleanliness is Godliness!

This photo was taken on 8/09/2017
 One year later than  the same opening.


Since being in Cape Coast,  I have paid outrageous costs for contaminated water at a rate higher than I would pay in the US.  Ghana Water Company ignore complaints and shakes under the rug, to my landlord, as the recipient of their contaminated water as having done something to the water instead of investigating the situation. Therefore, they are either aware and don't care or are grossly incompetent at doing their job. Perhaps both. 

For the past year, I have personally seen workers at the source of  the water supply in the neighborhood where I live, removed the cover and has never recovered it to this day. 


I have not verified this, however, I have been told that the chlorine that is supposed to go for water treatment is sold by workers versus treating the water that  is supplied to Cape Coast residents. I believe the lack of supervision, accountability, culpability, insufficient training  and selfish greed contributes to unhealthy and unsafe water supply that affect the health of Cape Coast residents.


Tap water that was intended to do laundry
with bleach and detergent added.


It is most obvious, not to mention disturbing that the water is grossly contaminated well beyond any safe social, health and usable human standards.  Why?

The only other options to this health and safety hazzard would be that Power Zone Bleach, which is chlorine, is tainted or the Wonder Wash Detergent Powder, which was the only available choice I had at the time, is tainted.
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Water used for drinking and cooking should be free of pathogenic (disease causing) microorganisms that cause such illnesses as typhoid fever, dysentery, cholera, and gastroenteritis.

It is important to add sufficient chlorine to the water to meet the chlorine demand and provide residual disinfection. Purification of drinking water containing pathogenic microorganisms requires specific treatment of disinfection. 

Chlorine combines with chemicals dissolved in water, microorganisms, small animals, plant material, tastes, odors, and colors. 

As can be seen in the photo and videos above this water is neither colorless nor odorless. Ordinarily the water supplied has a blackish or brownish tint. I have also received from a reliable source that the sachets of water that everyone uses, their processing plant is located in close proximity of open sewers.

Even the Unlever Pure It Purification System that I use, on one occasion I noticed a green mold fungi growing at the bottom of the container. Of course Unlever has a disclaimer of the effectiveness of their Purification System "depending upon the water source".

Although several methods of purification eliminates disease-causing microorganisms in water, chlorination is the most commonly used and is effective against many pathogenic bacteria. Chlorine used at what has been coined as  "normal dosage rates"  do not kill all viruses, cysts, or worms. However, when combined with filtration, chlorination is an excellent way to disinfect drinking water supplies.

Chlorine, is not in itself a toxic chemical. However in  some circumstances, chlorine can react with naturally occurring organic compounds found in the water supply to produce compounds known as disinfection by-products (DBPs). 

The most common DBPs are trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs). Trihalomethanes are the main disinfectant by-products created from chlorination with two different types, bromoform and dibromochloromethane, which are mainly responsible for health hazards. 

In high doses, bromoform mainly slows down regular brain activity. I am no scientist, however I believe that these chemicals block inhibitors that keeps Africans from producing melanin. Therefore effecting their cognitive thinking abilities, which is manifested by symptoms such as sleepiness or sedation.

The effects depend on the duration of exposure to the chemicals and the amount ingested into the body.  Chronic exposure of both bromoform and dibromochloromethane can cause liver and kidney cancer, as well as heart disease, unconsciousness, or death in high doses.

Garbage is yet another issue. 

There are 4 known refuse companies listed for Ghana:
 ZOOMLION GHANA LIMITED
Jekora Ventures Limited
Waste Landfills Company Limited
Rapid Waste Limited - LaDMA 
and perhaps a few independents. I would question what they do with the refuse. Every community container I have seen is running over with garbage unemptied so that the area surrounding the containers looks like an unattended land-field. According to Ghana News in an article written by EDMUND SMITH-ASANTE  22 JULY 2015 Ghana is the 7th dirtiest country in the world. Asante writes: "Ghana has slipped further on its sanitation performance globally to become the world’s 7th worst performing country..."

However, I must give credit to where credit is due. The cleanest town that I have seen where the people take pride in their surroundings is Ajumako. Hats off to you. I did not like being awakened at six in the morning with announcements over a town loudspeaker reminding the people to clean their area. However, now I see the need to take the people by the hand and remind them.  Perhaps other towns should follow suite. Instead of those obnoxious preachers, politicians and some companies promoting their products and own agendas disturbing peoples sleep and peace in the early mornings; leaders should be as constructive, proactive and informative as the leaders of Ajumako.


Ghanaians  have been burning refuse for God knows how long, thinking that it is the thing to do as always. Perhaps the costs of hauling trash is a factor for many.  However, there obviously are no appropriate governing agencies to oversee either the safe, moral or sanitary way of elimination of trash. Therefore, Ghanians contribute to pollution   by burning as well as the contamination of  the soil.

However,  Just as the open sewers with raw sewage being pumped into open drains and contaminated water supply contribute to pollution and toxic fumes, the atmosphere is also being brutally damaged by burning anything and everything.  Broke-down vehicles are left along roadsides and areas that creates more of an environmental eye-sore and hazards. Ghanaians seem to be either oblivious to these detriments or are unaware of the devastation, pollution  and health issues they bring upon themselves and the dishonoring of Mother Earth.

Now,  my questions are what are Health Services doing about It? What is the EPA doing about it? What is the water company doing about it? What are the elected government officials going to do about it?

It is so appalling the way many of Ghana live simply because of the lack of information, education and supervisory agencies that the people are contributing to health issues and hazards that need not be.

The following videos were taken from my window of a neighbor pumping raw sewage into the open sewers. This sewage, I believe ends up in the water supply.  These videos were taken on two separate occasions less than two weeks apart.


So, why aren't these agencies who are responsible for public safety not educating the people?  Why are they not doing their job?
Ghanaians,  Just stop it! 

You are killing yourselves  and they, your government is allowing it by not making certain these so-called protection agencies do their job. They are helping you to hasten your demise.  I must also include your religious leaders and schools who should be teaching awareness and the importance of health and proper sanitation.  They all are lagging at their jobs to protect and serve.  You deserve better!

You citizens also have a responsibility to take an active part in the healthful maintenance of your cities. As long as you litter and sit idle doing or saying nothing about your conditions, you too are held culpable to G-D and country for your lack of action and the unwise stewardship of this land  you have been blessed with. 


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