District Chief Executive (DCE) for Offinso North, Davies Akwasi Asare Boakye, says the District is putting the necessary measures in place to make river Tano safe for drinking.
Tano River was poisoned after an articulator truck carrying over 200 containers of acid summersaulted and deposited content into river Tano making it unsafe for drinking.
All communities along the Tano River from Techiman – Tanoso to Chira, Duayaw Nkwanta, Bechem were quickly advised not to drink the Tano river water until further notice.
Speaking to Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka AM Drive, District Chief Executive (DCE) who confirmed that the driver and conductor for the articulator truck have received treatment and discharged from the hospital.
Mr. Davies Akwasi Asare Boakye stated that as a result of the accident, the acid in the battery diluted into the water leading to the death of several aquatic animals including fishes, crocodiles.
He, however, added that these aquatic animals have been buried along the banks of the river.
“Those of us in the Techiman do not consume fish from river Tano which and so no death of humans has been recorded. I think if tradition allowed the people around Techiman to consume the fish, it would have been a different story altogether’, he added.
Meanwhile, the gallons containing acid which were intact after the accident have been collected from the shores of the river.
Asked when the River will be clean for residents to resume consumption, District Chief Executive (DCE) for Offinso North, Davies Akwasi Asare Boakye explained that health professions were looking into that and that the river will be pronounced safe after the health professionals have completed series of tests being conducted.
The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), has advised residents living around Tano to desist from taking the water from the river until further notice.
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