The Republic Press can report that almost all washrooms (male washrooms) at the Ghana Institute of Journalism either do not have water flowing through the urinal pots, as such; one had to flush for about 30minutes to do away with the human waste amid increasing cases of covid-19 as experts argue water is an essential commodity in fighting the virus.
At the time of visit to the school’s washrooms at around 10:00am Tuesday January 12, 2021, the news team has observed that almost all the male washrooms greet one with a pungent smell.
Curious to know, we tried all the facilities in the male washrooms as water flows but in drops. The situation is same from one washroom to the other. Some of the washrooms particularly the one right behind the “B” block had broken sinks and non-functioning WASH facilities in there.
At the “D” block, the washrooms which have two toilets with two urinals only had one functioning toilet and a urinal with water dropping in tears.
Some worried students who spoke on anonymity said the situation has existed for some time but they were hoping that in this covid-19 era the school authorities would have addressed the menace before school resumes.
For some, ensuring that the washrooms are always stock with toilet rolls, soup and 24/7 water provision is very critical as their not in ‘normal times’.
One of the female students, who was shy to admit that the female washroom are as bad as the male one’s said “oh ours is okay” but quickly added that the school should “do something about it, it’s not nice, I mean is bad.”
For most of the students, the washroom are not as bad as we see it probably because we were visiting for the first time.
The students want the school authority to address the situation immediately before all their other colleagues return to school as most of the students are yet to resume school since school re-opened on Monday January 11, 2021.