Madam Stella Kumedzro, Volta Regional Environmental Health Officer (REHO), has added to calls for the Department to be resourced to effectively pursue its mandate of enforcing public health regulations.
She said in a statement to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) to mark the 2021 World Environmental Health Day, which is on the theme, “Prioritizing Environmental Health for Healthier Communities in Global Recovery”, that the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the increase in galamsey activities added to land, air, and water pollution to impact the environment, and livelihoods.
Madam Kumedzro said the fallouts from illegal mining; a major cause of environmental depletion, affected deprived communities the most, causing significant genetic defects.
She noted support levels for the Department and its activities continued to show neglect for its essence, saying, “it has already been determined that the environmental health role is overlooked in most countries across the globe.
“Environmental health is a key part of any comprehensive public health system. Emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic, perianal flooding, quite recently galamsey and it’s associated environmental health challenges such as land, water, and air pollution, and deforestation shows the impact environmental health issues can have on a vulnerable population.
News Ghana, 27 September 2021