Inhabitants of the Frog Island community in Gbarnga, Bong County are confronted with the absence of safe drinking water, resulting to a serious health problem.
The current situation is further compounded by the absence of public latrines in the community. The only hand pump and toilet installed previously by Former United Methodist Bishop Arthur F Kulah in 1996 have all run out of use due to the hugh population.
The community, also known Kulah Village, has a population of 1,500 residents, 60% of whom are youth.
At the moment, there’s only a well used as the main source for drinking and cooking,, while there exist two toilet facilities, as well as a clinic for the population.
The Co-Chairman of the village, P.Gonoqueh Mulbah is quoted as describing the situation in the village as serious and alarming, urging NGO’s and other agencies to immediately rescue the community.
Other residents of the Frog Island community also expressed the hope to have an improved environment wherein basic social services will be provided for their growth and development.The village is located south of Gbarnga City, now far from the county’s administration building, just a stone throw from the central market.
Local headquarters and offices of national and international NGO’s are also located in the heart of the city.
The New Dawn, in its Monday Edition, February 15, published a front page lead story, indicted the Liberian government for failing to provide 75% of Liberians in Rural Liberia and the outskirts of urban areas safe drinking water in bridge of the provision of basic social services under the lift Liberia’s Poverty reduction Strategy. There has been no reaction to the story by the government since the publication.