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Ghana’s march towards achieving its targets on sanitation under the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is still very slow, a Joint Monitoring Platform (JMP) report revealed here on Tuesday.

The report also revealed that the country‘s performance in improving upon sanitation has been very sluggish between the year 2000 and 2015.

While the Annual Rate of Change (ARC) recorded on the improvement in number of households with basic sanitation marginal around 0.21 percent that of the reduction in Open Defecation was also just -0.21 percent.

In 2015 with a population of 27.4 million, households with At Least Basic Sanitation recorded was 14 percent, which is just a marginal three percentage points higher than the 11 percent recorded in 2000, with a population of 18.8 million.

For limited or shared sanitation, 57 percent of households were recorded in 2015, compared with the 45 percent recorded in year 2000.

The number of households and persons using unimproved sanitation reduced by 12 percentage points to 10 percent of the population in 2015 from the 22 percent recorded in 2000.

Open defecation remains a severe headache the nation needs to find solutions to, as the 2015 figure of 19 percent was marginal three percentage points lower than the 22 percent recorded in 2000.

While in rural Ghana Basic Sanitation improved from six percent to nine percent between 2000 and 2015, urban Ghana recorded an improvement to 19 percent from 17 percent over the same period.

For Limited or Shared sanitation facilities the improvement was to 45 percent in 2015 from 31 percent in 2000 for rural Ghana while over the same period it was 66 percent from 62 percent for urban.

Unimproved sanitation reduced by around 50 percent in both rural and urban Ghana over the period under review, decreasing to 14 percent from the previous 30 percent in rural; and to seven percent from the previous 12 percent for urban.

Consistent with the national figure, Open Defecation which saw just a marginal change of one percentage point reduction to 30 percent from the previous 31 percent; but remained static at eight percent in urban Ghana.

We have a lot of work to do in the coming years in order to achieve our targets on sanitation, added, Quansah. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/Newsghana.com.gh