Unilever supports government to eliminate water-bourne diseases

Unilever Ghana limited has donated 120 units of water purifying devices to the Ministry of Health as part of its Sustainable Living Plan of reaching 500 million people with safe drinking water.

The devices, known as Pure-it devices, included Pure-it water purifiers, support stands, and Germ-kill refill kits, valued at 50,000 Ghana cedis.

Mr Gabriel Opoku-Asare, Head of Corporate Affairs at Unilever Ghana, said the donation formed part of the organisation’s commitment to children’s health and creating access to safe drinking water for Ghanaians.

He said the package would be allocated to support the Ghana Health Service at district and regional hospitals.

Mr Opoku-Asare said water is the source of life but almost two billion people do not have access to clean drinking water.

“Preventable water-borne diseases such as dysentery and diarrhoea are a particular threat to the weakest members of society and a child dies from water-related illness every 20 seconds,” he said.

He said Ghana was home to more than 24 million people, rapidly urbanizing, yet majority of Ghanaian’s lacked access to safe and affordable drinking water.

Mr Opoku-Asare said Pure-it was a great innovation that met the consumer needs of affordable and safe drinking water across Africa.

Dr Victor Bampoe, Deputy Minister of Health, said Unilever Ghana had shown its leadership in meeting social needs through innovative products and expressed gratitude for the devices and called for more support from other organisations.

Dr Ebenezer Appiah Denkyira, Director General of Ghana Health Service, said access to safe drinking water was a challenge in most cities and towns throughout the country and expressed the belief that the provision of the devices in hospitals would help provide patients with clean water to improve their health and quick recovery.

The product was conceptualized in India in 2008 and uses four stages of purification to guarantee that water was germ-free, colourless, odourless and tasteless.

The devices offered water with complete germ protection using a replaceable germ kill kit, ending jaundice, diarrhoea, typhoid and cholera.

Pure-it performance had been tested by leading national and international medical and scientific institutions. GNA

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