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Water Shortage Hits Essau District Hospital

By Ndellah Jeng

Exclusively speaking to the Daily News on the 16th of January 2022, the Administrator of Essau District Hospital, Lamin Fofana confirmed to this reporter that there is a serious water crises in the hospital. Water is a precious and the indispensable commodity of all most especially in a Health facility setting Fofana said.

“The lack of water has negatively impact on the morale and performance of the staff in the facility. Staff and escorts of patients alike are force to stay awake as late as 2:00am to fetch gallons and buckets when the water pressure has improve from the residual remains of water” Fofana said .

The Administrator said it is a fervent reality that the facility is engulf with a deepening water crisis for the past six months. And one of the options they are currently working on is the rehabilitation and revitalization of the old well that lies at the entrance of the facility. In his statement he said several stakeholders were involved in the treatment of the well with chlorine.
The initial results of the water sample sent to the Water Quality Monitoring and Control Laboratory in Abu Abuko for analysis has shown a high concentration of nitrates and fecal choliform.
The laboratory scientist recommended that the well should be treated with chorine and drain the it for 72 hours to allow fresh water to ooze, there after a second collection of simple for another comparative analysis. He said this was done through the intervention of Asturies for Africa through The National Assembly Member for Lower Nuimi District Hon. Mahtarr Jeng.

Fofana said after the treatment of the well on the 27th November, 2021. Another sample was collected and send to the water resources for further analysis and the results shows a remarkable improvement compare to the first results as all other parameters were within normal referential range except for nitrates which is still slightly high. Hence it was recommended that the well needs further treatment to bring down the nitrate level within normal range.
On December 11th 2021 one Alhagie Nyang an expert in the water production (NAWEC) was hired at a cost of D3,000 to treat the well water further. He treated the well with chlorine for more than 6 hours and a third sample was sent on Monday 13th December 2021.

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