The Volta River Authority (VRA) has constructed a bypass road connecting the St Kizito Safe Haven Road to the Battor-Mepe Road in the North Tongu District to facilitate the delivery of relief items, drugs, health services, and supplies to the people of Mepe.
The road is also intended to prevent people from crossing the flooded areas by boat or canoe and reduce the potential for infection by water-borne diseases.
The VRA has also provided funding through various relief agencies, such as NADMO and the Ghana Health Service, and is making its technical resources available to assist with the relief efforts.
The VRA Chief Executive, Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa, visited the people of Mepe on Saturday, October 21, 2023, to oversee the day’s distribution of relief items and drugs and to reassure them of VRA’s commitment to making life as comfortable as they can.
He stated: “We have been with you from the first day of the spill, we are always talking to NADMO, the military, Ghana Health Service, your chiefs and your DCEs on how we can continue to help, and our own people are always here to deliver your items and check on you, please let us know whatever you need, don’t worry, we will be with you till the very end.”
In total, it is estimated that VRA has spent over 50% of its 20 million Ghana Cedis budget on relief items such as over 40 portable toilets, 150,000 bags of sachet water, 6,000 bags of maize, 7,000 diapers, 3,000 packs of sanitary towels,5,000 mosquito nets,10,000 pieces of toilet rolls, 100 cartons of baby food and many other consumables.
In addition to these items, VRA Health services are continuously visiting all affected communities to provide healthcare education and aid in medical screening services targeted at Cholera, Enteric fever, Dysentery, Worm infestations, Skin infections, Snake bites, Malaria and Respiratory diseases.