Residents of Mafelah Town in Bong County are calling on the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Public Works and the WASH sector to help provide safe drinking water for them in the area.
Mafelah Town is located in Suakoko District, Bong County and is represented at the House of Representatives by Edward Karfiah for a second term.The Town has a population of approximately 1,250 inhabitants with only one functional hand pump which runs out of water during the dry season.
Our correspondent says when the hand pump runs out of water, residents survive from an opened well which is not safe for them.
According to our correspondent who toured the area recently, the lack of safe drinking water has led to many people becoming ill as a result of drinking from nearby creeks.Some of the residents are currently suffering from diarrhea, cholera and other waterborne diseases.
The affected people, many of whom are children are also finding it difficult to seek medication as a result of the lack of public clinic in the area.“We are suffering for safe drinking water in this community and our children die on a daily basis from strange diseases. No clinic, no roads. Even when our children get sick, we find it difficult,” some of the residents stressed.
Speaking on behalf of the citizens of the area, the Youth president of the town David Flomo appealed to the District Lawmaker Edward Karfiah to quickly hear their cries.The youth leader says he wants the Bong County lawmaker to construct hand pump and latrine facilities for the community dwellers.
The local residents also appeal to the government, partners and non – governmental organizations to assist with the construction of hand pumps to save lives in that part of the country.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley