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Over 90% of multidimensionally poor people in Upper East Region lack toilet facilities – GSS

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Over 90 percent of multidimensionally poor residents in the Upper East Region do not have access to toilet facilities. This means that the stated residents have to rely on shared toilets in the household or community.

73 percent of multidimensionally poor residents are deprived when it comes to housing. This means that the houses of these residents do not have cemented floors in their homes and have to rely on straw or cow dung for their rooms.

Additionally, 53.5 percent of multidimensionally poor residents in the region are still using firewood for cooking in their homes.

These were contained in the Multidimensional Poverty Report published by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS).

It has also come to light that 43 percent of the 1,271,883 residents in the Upper East Region are multidimensionally poor. The intensity of poverty stands at 47.5 percent. This is according to the Multidimensional Poverty Report published by the Ghana Statistical Service.

The report aims to track the country’s progress on key developmental goals. These include Goal 1 of Agenda 2030, which aims to eradicate poverty in all its forms everywhere, Aspiration 1 of the African Union Agenda 2063, which aims for a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development, as well as Ghana’s Medium-Term National Development Policy Framework (MTNDPF) 2022-2025, which also aims to build a prosperous nation and create opportunities for all Ghanaians.

The Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is a multidimensional measure of poverty developed by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at the University of Oxford.

The index, according to the Upper East Regional Statistician, Bawa Abdul-Karim, assesses the different contributory deprivations that are experienced by people in Ghana.

The report measures poverty in four dimensions with 13 indicators.

The dimensions are education, health, employment, and living standards. The indicators include drinking water, cooking fuels, assets, housing, overcrowding, electricity, toilet facilities, mortality, and health insurance.

The rest are school attainment, school lag, school attendance, and wage employment.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Bolgatanga|

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