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Health ministry puts water measures in place for health facilities

Published:Thursday | July 9, 2015 | 9:14 AM
Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson has instructed that conservation be put in place at all health facilities.

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson has instructed regional health authorities to put in place the necessary measures to ensure adequate water supply is available at all health facilities in light of the current drought and water restrictions.

A release from the health ministry says such measures should include making arrangements for trucking water in the event of a shortfall.

Ferguson has also instructed that conservation be put in place at all health facilities.

He says the regions have been asked to ensure that they are closely monitoring their water storage levels and that tanks are checked for leaks and filled regularly.

Ferguson adds that where possible, storage capacity will be increased at some facilities.

He is appealing to community members not to remove water from storage tanks at their health centres.

He says the ministry will continue to monitor the situation and have contingency plans ready where necessary.

Meanwhile, Ferguson is urging persons to treat water before consuming especially since at this time many persons collect water from untreated sources such as rivers and stream, and this water may not be safe for consumption.

The health minister says only safe water should be used for drinking or making drinks, washing fruits and vegetables, making ice, preparing food and washing dishes and utensils.