Empowering Communities: Rotary Club of Calabar-Tinapa's Safe Drinking Water Project in Cross River State

Empowering Communities: Rotary Club of Calabar-Tinapa’s Safe Drinking Water Project in Cross River State

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In a landmark initiative aimed at transforming the health landscape of Calabar, the Rotary Club of Calabar – Tinapa, in collaboration with EnvironFocus and other key partners, has launched the Safe Drinking Water Project. This endeavour represents a significant step towards improving access to clean water within the community, addressing a critical requirement for public health. The key partners, include the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, It Begins With U (IBWU), Rotary Club of Brampton, and the BHAFIT Initiative.

As part of the project, a LifeStraw Max Membrane Ultrafilter was installed and handed over to Asi Ukpo Hospital in Calabar, Cross River State, on December 20, 2023. The hospital, founded in 2013 to provide affordable and accessible medical services to all, has since grown into a comprehensive healthcare facility. With the recent establishment of the ASI Ukpo Comprehensive Cancer Centre (AUCCC), the hospital offers a wide range of diagnostic and treatment services, including medical imaging, laboratory investigations, surgery, and cancer treatment.

Cross River State, located in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, has an estimated population of 3,104,446, with Calabar serving as its capital and largest city. The state is home to diverse ethnic groups, including the Efik, Ejagham, and Bekwarra peoples. The economy of Cross River State relies predominantly on agriculture, oil, and tourism, with solid minerals such as uranium, iron ore, manganese, and barites found in commercial quantities. Food crops like yams, cassava, rice, and corn are cultivated, while deep-sea fishing and shrimping are critical economic activities along the coast. Industries in Calabar produce cement, palm oil, asbestos roofing sheets and pipes, and baking flour, contributing to the state’s economic growth.

Despite its abundant resources, the region faces challenges such as groundwater contamination and heavy metal pollution. A recent study highlighted the presence of bacteriological contamination and high concentrations of heavy metals in groundwater within the Calabar metropolis, posing significant health risks to residents.

The LifeStraw Max Membrane Ultrafilter installation at Asi Ukpo Hospital marks a pivotal moment in the community’s journey toward a healthier and more sustainable future. This cutting-edge filtration system, renowned for its efficacy and reliability, is expected to provide up to 400 patients and staff daily access to safe drinking water. The project safeguards public health and promotes environmental sustainability by addressing the critical issue of water contamination,

The Safe Drinking Water Project addresses the immediate need for clean water and contributes to the broader goal of sustainable development. By promoting access to safe drinking water, the project aligns with several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being) and Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation). Additionally, it supports local efforts to achieve environmental sustainability and public health objectives.

The collaborative efforts of the Rotary Club of Calabar – Tinapa, EnvironFocus, and other vital stakeholders exemplify the power of collective action in addressing pressing community needs. Through initiatives like the Safe Drinking Water Project, communities like Calabar are taking meaningful steps towards a healthier, more sustainable future for all.

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Cross River State. Retrieved February, 29, 2024 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK581069/

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Safe Drinking Water Project. Retrieved February, 29, 2024 from from www.environfocus.com/waterproject.

Transforming Nigeria’s Health Landscape: The Safe Drinking Water Project in the Niger Delta. Retrieved February, 29, 2024 from https://environbuzz.com/transforming-nigerias-health-landscape-the-safe-drinking-water-project-in-the-niger-delta/

Safe Drinking Water Project (SDWP) – Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Retrieved February, 29, 2024 from https://environbuzz.com/safe-drinking-water-project-sdwp-grant-awarded/

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