The Water Resources Specialist for the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Mr. Enoch Ofosu, has disclosed that a WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) in Emergencies (WinE) national secretariat will be established by the close of 2013.
Speaking in an exclusive interview at the side of a regional training on WASH in emergencies for Ghana’s southern zone comprising six regions, in Dodowa, Greater Accra Region, he said the core functions of the secretariat will be to annually come out with plans to fit into the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) structure, so that when there is any disaster, the WASH aspect is catered for.
“Even before then, that people are trained and prevention also comes in – you do what is necessary to avert it if you can anticipate any WASH in emergency situation that is waiting to happen, you move in swiftly with the help of a stakeholder,” he added.
He explained that the secretariat will not do the technical work but rather facilitate or coordinate other stakeholders to take action.
According to Mr. Ofosu, after the countrywide training and firming up of the national structure, steps will be taken to also put in place regional structures that will feed into the national framework.
The national secretariat will then be set up, a national coordinator for WASH in emergencies and an information management professional will be employed, and other things that will make the secretariat functional well, will be put in place, he added.
By Edmund Smith-Asante