Ms Maidie Arkutu, Dr Kwabena Opoku Adusei and Moses Amao launching ?Pureit?
AS PART of its Sustainability Living Plan (SLP) to protect millions of lives around the world, Unilever Ghana Limited has launched a water purifier machine at Tema dubbed ?Pureit? to improve access to an improved, dependable water source in the country.
The move is to ensure that every home would have an access to safe drinking water to eradicate water-borne diseases in Ghana.
?Pureit? has a global footprint with its presence in India, Brazil, Bangladesh, Mexico, Philippines, China, Nigeria, among other countries, before being introduced in Ghana.
Deputy Minister for Health, Dr Alfred Sugri Tiam, in his address noted that albeit efforts being made at achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets in Ghana ?diarrhoea is still regarded as the third killer of children under five years, accounting for 10, 000 death every year.?
He urged that the issue of safe drinking water should be taken more seriously because Multiple Indicator Survey Reports (MISR) showed that less than eight percent of Ghanaians treat drinking water before use.
?Government is also committed to providing safe drinking water in various homes through Public Private Partnership (PPP) strategy put in place to guide its implementation at households,? Dr Alfred Sugri Tiam added.
The Deputy Minister of Health mentioned that his outfit was prepared to partner with other companies in Ghana with focus on household water treatment and safe storage devices that were affordable and simple to use.
Earlier, Dr Kwabena Opoku Adusei, President of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) speaking on water-borne disease and its impact on Ghana said about 40 percent of Ghanaians lacked safe water as a result of physical access and financial reason.
Ms Maidie Arkutu, Managing Director of Unilever Ghana explained that the water purifier was tested by leading medical and scientific institutions such as the University of London, Indian Public Health Institution, among other institutions.
She added that Unilever was committed to the course of improving access to safe drinking water as part its SLP, which aims at protecting 500 million lives by providing access to safe drinking water with the introduction of ?Pureit?.
From Vincent Kubi, Tema