Coca-Cola launches safe drinking water initiative in Ghana

7 October 2010

Drinks company Coca-Cola has announced it is to launch a safe drinking water programme in Ghana.

The scheme will cost $1.5 million (£940,000) and it will provide infrastructure to communities throughout the country, Ghana Web reports.

Philippe Ayivor, franchise manager of Coca-Cola Equatorial Africa, noted 80 per cent of Ghanaians lack basic sanitation and 40 per cent do not have access to clean water and this has resulted in a large number of health problems for individuals.

"It is therefore important that we bring the health needs of the people to the fore for the appropriate attention and focus," he added.

As well as trying to enhance the quality of the water, Mr Ayivor observed 1,000 treated mosquito nets were distributed to inhabitants of the eastern region of the nation in May and June.

A recent article in Irin News observed poor sanitation is ruining water in Kenya and the situation needs to be addressed urgently.

Categories: Water

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