In an effort to achieving the objectives of the pro-poor agenda for development and prosperity, residents of Mafelah’s Town in Bong County are calling on the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Public Works and the WASH sector through their local authorities to help provide safe drinking water for them in the area.
Mafelah’s Town is located in Suakoko district, Bong County and is being represented by Representative Edward W. Karfiah who is serving his second term at the National 54th Legislature.
The Town has a population of approximately three hundred and fifty inhabitants’ with only one functional hand pump and survives on an unsafe opened water well which usually runs dry during the height of the dry season.
According to our Correspondent, who tour the area recently, said 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 in this community and our children died on the daily basis from strange diseases, no clinic, no roads, even when our children get sick we find it difficult” some residents stressed.
Speaking on behave of the citizens of the area, the Youth President of the town David Flomo appeal to the district Lawmaker Representative Karfiah to quickly come to their cries.
The youth leader said he wants the Bong County Lawmaker constructs hand pump and a latrine facility for community dwellers.
The Community residents also used the occasion to appeal to the government and its partners and non- governmental organizations to assist with construction of hand pumps to save lives in that part of the country.