Public Health Institute of Liberia Boosts of ‘Explicit Confidence’ in Last Well’s Intervention
Monrovia – An official of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia, (NPHIL) says his institution has explicit confidence in the water filter buckets been distributed by the Last Well for the purification of water for human consumption.
Speaking at the launch of the Last Well Access to clean water project in Kakata, Margibi County on May 24, the Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, Dr. Ormarley Yeahbah said the filter bucket has been tested and proven to be the best in Liberia for purifying water for drinking.
Yeahbah asserted that the water filters bucket is a tool that will mitigate the issues surrounding the provision of safe drinking water not only in Liberia but the world at large.
The Sawyer filter bucket purifies water, making it safe for human consumption.
Addressing residents of the county, the NPHIL official stressed the need for the locals to ensure that the facilities that will be constructed are maintained and sustained.
Dr. Yeahbah told citizens that the government of Liberia and other partners are working very hard to ensure that safe drinking water is provided to citizens.
He also warned the inhabitants to keep their environment clean, by putting in place mechanism that will enable them to discourage open defecation in their communities.
“Open Defecation and water pollution are the sources of various illnesses in our country,” he noted
Providing an overview of the project, Last Well Senior WASH Advisor, Abdul Koroma, said the project is intended to breach the gap in the provision of safe drinking water in the county.
Mr. Koroma revealed that 129,237 citizens have been targeted to benefit from the project.
He said 70 new wells will be constructed in the county, while 31 will be rehabilitated as well as the rehabilitation of hand pumps.
The Last Well Senior WASH Advisor also indicated that as part of the access to clean water project in Margibi County, the charity will also carrying out distribution of water filter buckets to 8,181 household to hard-to-reach communities.
Launching the project on behalf of Margibi County Superintendent, Jerry Varney, and the Inspector General of Margibi County Fakaynie Gbankpala commended the Last Well for the initiative.
Inspector Gbankpala said the project came at a time when many communities in the county are in dire need of safe drinking water.
He urged inhabitants to work with the Last Well for the full implementation of the project in their various communities.
The Margibi County Inspector advice communities where traditional practices are at the core to ensure that traditional practice should not hamper the work of the charity.
Mr. Gbankpala wants beneficiaries to take ownership of the project ensuring that it is maintained and sustained.
For their part, several youth, women and traditional leaders expressed their willingness to work with Last Well for the successful implementation of the project.
They thanked the Last Well for the initiative, adding that the project will assist them in preventing the spread of water-borne diseases in their respective communities.
The Last Well Access to Clean Water Project in Nimba and Margibi Counties is supported by the Page Family Foundation and the Magna Imperio Systems.
The project is targeting nearly 400,000 Liberians with clean water across the two counties.