Painful sight in Tamale as students and cattle share pond due to a water crisis

Painful sight in Tamale as students and cattle share pond due to a water crisis

Three senior high schools (SHS) in the Northern region have had to share a pond with cattle because their areas has been hit with severe water crisis.

In and around Tamale, students of three senior high schools, namely, Ghana Senior High School, Vittin Senior High School and Dabokpa Technical School students have been forced to share the only available source of water, which is a dam with animals because of a water crisis.

According the report sighted by, the three schools have been faced with water crisis and are forced to depend on dam water due to the lack of portable water.

Students of these schools spend hours fetching water from the dam instead of studying or doing their assignments.

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Students sharing water with animals
The water body were both cattle and people converge to utilise in Tamale. Photo credit: Daily Mail Ghana
Source: Twitter reports that a visit to the Ghana National School (Ghanasco) dam located at Kukuo, a suburb of Tamale, revealed that animals and the students share the same dam water.

A student of Ghanasco who spoke on condition of anonymity said even though the school authority provide them with tanker water , it was always not enough due to the population of the school.

According to him, after class hours, the students would have to depend on the dam water because the water the school provides is not adequate.

He indicated that the dam water is normally mixed with chemicals before they consume it.

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But he was quick to say that sometimes when it was critical, they use the water in its raw state to prepare their food at their dormitories even though there are health related issues.

Likewise, students from Vittin and Dabokpa Technical School walk a distance to the Ghanasco dam to get access to the dam water.

The students appealed to Ghana Water Company and government to come to their aid.

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