The NEWS (Monrovia)

10 January 2013

Liberia: Warteken Lacks Safe Water, Clinic

Residents of Warteken Karluway district in Maryland County have called on the government of Liberia and NGO's to come to their rescue.

The residents said due to the lack of public facilities, mainly clinics, and safe water, they face lot of challenges to meet their standards.

Speaking to this paper in Maryland County, the residents said that they fetch water from creeks and rivers, which according to them, is unhygienic.

They complained that they go in the forest to fetch water, and it takes fifteen to thirty minutes to get there.

The residents explained that in the past they had two hand pumps that were constructed by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), but it has gone dry, adding that children suffer from diarrhea due to the lack of safe drinking water.

Speaking further, the residents also said since the establishment of Karluway, there has been no clinic, and it takes three to six hours to get to clinics in the nearby towns, and due to the lack of transportation most pregnant women deliver along the way.

Accordingly, information revealed that six pregnant women have died from maternal deaths from November to December in the year 2012.

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