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Imperial's Health Sciences business in Ghana has operated from the Tema Free Zones Enclave within the Kpone Katamanso Municipality for the past ten years. The municipality faces various socio-economic challenges, particularly access to clean and safe drinking water.
Imperial, a DP World Company, embarked on a social responsibility project to assist the municipality to improve access to water. The project involved the drilling of a borehole equipped with a reverse osmosis water treatment plant, to the value of GHS 100 000 (c. $10 000), to provide drinkable water to the Kpone Presbyterian Basic Schools A and B, as well as their immediate communities.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Millicent Caesar, representing the District Director of Education, commended Imperial for initiating the project. She asked school authorities to ensure that the equipment is maintained so that the plant continues to serve the students and the community for many years to come.
The student population of these schools, numbering over 1,000, have not had access to safe drinking water for many years, thus affecting teaching and learning. This has also resulted in hygiene-related health problems, particularly for female teachers and learners. The communities of approximately 10,000 that surround the schools will also benefit from this project.
The Headmaster of the School, Daniel Obodai, said: "This is truly a 'dream come true' moment for us today and we cannot be thankful enough to Imperial for coming to our aid. Access to clean and safe drinking water has been a major problem to us in the school and the communities surrounding us for a very long time now. It was a big challenge for us to procure the services of water tankers, as our internally generated funds were just not enough. We therefore see this intervention by Imperial as an answer to our prayers. Students can now concentrate on their studies without having to trek long distances to search for drinking water during school hours. We will do our best to maintain this valuable setup as direct beneficiaries."
Imperial has been a long-standing strategic partner to the Ghana Ministry of Health and the donor community, providing world-class warehousing and distribution of essential medicines and healthcare commodities across the country over the years.
"During the COVID-19 pandemic, we partnered with several government agencies to distribute COVID-19 PPE to designated treatment centres as part of the COVID-19 National Emergency Response Framework," said William Adjabui, Managing Director of Imperial Health Sciences Ghana. "Embarking on this project was a wonderful way for us to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of our operations in the Tema Free Zones Enclave, demonstrating our commitment to the surrounding community. Helping address one of their most critical needs – the provision of clean, drinkable water – is our contribution to helping achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 6, which is the provision of clean water and sanitation."
Having access to clean, safe drinking water will have a positive impact for many years, and Imperial is proud to be playing a role in changing the lives of this community in Ghana.