Ho, Nov. 7, GNA – The about 150 participants who gathered for this years annual Water and Sanitation and Hygiene ( WASH ) conference have bemoaned the existence of standardized data regarding the sector.
Standard and reliable data is no doubt sources of real time information for planning and development purposes hence the lack of its had over the period hampered any proper development planning as well as meeting the required needs of people in a particular jurisdiction.
Madam Cecilia Dapaah, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources at the WASH conference dubbed MOLE XXX under the theme 30 Years of Multi-Stakeholder WASH Dialogue: Reflections and Prospects therefore charged the sector players to rethinking of generating local data for their work.
She said, “It is always sad to hear WHO says, this world body says…. But can we also look at collecting data on our own as people working in the sector”.
The sector houses fragmented data sources which needed to be streamlined for efficient and effective service delivery.
This years MOLE XXX conference brought together Civil society organizations, NGOs, States agencies in the WASH sector and members of the Ghana WASH Journalists Network to review the current sector landscape and identify contextual issues for reflections, stimulate a dialogue on best practices.
Contributing on the subject of Data, Mr. Kwaku Quansah, a Deputy Director of the Environmental Health and Sanitation of the Ministry said generating primary data was crucial when it came to planning and added that the Ministry had plans to train from the MMDAs level on techniques for data collection.
Already, the World Bank was assisting the Ministry with the Sector Information System to generate data for activities of the Ministry.
In the meantime, the Zoomlion Company according to Dr. Glenn Gyimah, Head of Research and Quality Assurance have procured the services of some Norwegian experts to begin a pilot project on Data collection in the Greater Accra Region.
It is expected that the project would be rolled out throughout the country to enable the company have good data in planning for waste management facilities that would be suitable for their operational areas.
Dr. Gyimah on the other hand called for mass education through the use of the ISD and the NCCE to improve attitude of the people towards waste handling and disposal.
Meanwhile, Irene Sawerteh, Programme Manager who presented on Neglected Tropical Disease in the WASH called on WASH players to effectively collaborate in sharing information and the implementation of joint programmes to raise awareness on such disease and the need for communities to stop open defecations and other ill practices to water bodies.