He said the government and donor partners as well as civil society organisations had played diverse roles to control the menace.
However, whereas the region was performing creditably well in potable water delivery, the same could not be said of sanitation.
Dr Bin Salih made the observation at the official launch of the SNV Healthy Future for All (HF4A) Project in Lambussie.
He said behaviour change and inaccessibility to improve sanitation facilities had been the key contributors to the challenges associated with WASH over the years.
“Most households in the rural and urban areas have no access to basic sanitation and hygiene facilities”, he explained.
He expected that the launch of the Healthy Future for All project, it would bring impetus to bear on SNV Ghana’s key ambition in WASH, which was to strengthen the capacities of local partners and reinforce inclusive and better service delivery.
He said through the gesture, that SNV Ghana had demonstrated a worthy commitment to positively contributing to the good of society, especially improving the quality of life for all in the communities.
The Regional Minister encouraged SNV Ghana to replicate the project in all the districts in the region while urging other corporate entities to venture into such project initiatives as SNV Ghana had done to guarantee the improved livelihoods of the people.
He appealed to traditional rulers and opinion leaders to support SNV Ghana to achieve its set targets so that “we can move our region’s development forward”.
Mr George Gerard Naluri, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Lambussie noted that the provision of potable water, sanitation and hygiene facilities were the bedrock of the development of the people.
He said without adequate provision of these facilities, it would be extremely difficult to get the healthy and quality human resources needed to propel the development efforts of the country.
Mr Naluri said despite the government’s efforts in improving the health of the people, quality healthcare, the prevalence of nutritional deficiencies, poor sanitation and waste management and open defecation among others were still challenging.
He, therefore, urged heads of departments, traditional rulers, assembly members, health, and environmental officers to provide the needed cooperation and support to ensure activities of the project in the district did not suffer.
The Healthy Future for All project is sponsored by SNV with funding secured from “The Helmsley Charitable Trust” in the areas of providing Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Nutrition interventions seeking to help improve the quality of life for all in the target area.
It would increase positive Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and food hygiene behaviour change, specifically it would increase the number of children growing up in a hygienic environment at home and in school.