Garoua: people are dying of thirst
The inhabitants of certain neighborhoods of the northern regional metropolis do not always have access to drinking water. Consequence: some drink dirty water.
The issue of drinking water supply in the city of Garoua is more than ever a thorn in the feet of public authorities. From the northern regional capital to the cantons, access to drinking water remains a difficult equation, but must be solved at all costs and at all costs, if it is true that the consumption of contaminated water is prone to many diseases.
Among the best known, and whose mortality rate has earned them a reputation, is prominent cholera which, we know, continues to wreak havoc in northern Cameroon in recent weeks. This is why some well-informed observers believe that the battle against cholera will remain a Sisyphean battle, as long as the problem of drinking water deficit is not resolved.
In this momentum, the city of Garoua is no exception. The inhabitants of certain districts such as Chinese Camp, Djamboutou and Soweto do not always have access to this precious liquid. In the Soweto neighborhood, for example, Camwater subscribers and non-subscribers are almost confused.
Kalfabe Sanda, a resident of the area, explains that here, the taps flow sporadically: “There are times we have water here three or four days over a month. And when it comes back, it never makes a day. It’s only in the morning, sometimes at night around midnight or two o’clock that it comes back. And at that moment, we fill all the seals, but it can not be two days.
When the taps are dry, the inhabitants have no choice but to resort to the wells dug in the ravines, whose conditions of salubrity are very dubious. No smell of bleach. And once water is collected, it does not undergo in most cases any step to make it drinkable.
Kalfabe Sanda goes on to say that this water deficit is forcing him to leave the neighborhood in the near future: “I can not bear, I’m going to leave. Sometimes people come to the house, it smells of toilets. There is no water to hunt and where we go to draw there, there is the hill. But every end of the month we pay the bills. At this stage, people are pointing the finger at public authorities, which for them, should take their responsibilities in hand.