Aboabo: Clean Team Ghana Fight to End Open Defecation


Mr. Peter Townsley, out-going Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Clean Team Ghana, a sanitation-oriented company, has stressed the need for increased education campaign to end open defecation.

The practice, he said, comes with its own health and environmental hazards, citing the recurrent incidence of Cholera in the country, a disease caused mainly by the unhygienic exposure of faecal waste.

Addressing a community sensitization durbar at Aboabo Number One in the Asokore-Mampong Municipality, Mr Townsley said it was important that Ghanaians changed their attitude to improve sanitation in communities.

A study by the UNICEF estimates that at least one out of five Ghanaians defecated openly, and that only 14 percent of the population had access to improved sanitation.

The nation, according to the World Bank, loses an average of US$79 million annually due to open defecation, and is classified among 34 countries with the highest open defecation rates of 15 per cent.

The durbar, organized by Clean Team Ghana, aimed at educating residents of the area, one of the suburbs in the Municipality with the highest concentration of slums, to refrain from open defecation.

As part of the programme, the company also demonstrated to the participants how to use a mobile toilet facility it had developed, and currently, being distributed freely to underprivileged communities.
Mr. Townsley disclosed that his company had over the last two years distributed more than 1, 600 of the facility to some communities across the country.

He said they were hoping to distribute 10, 000 of such facilities by 2020 to provide improved sanitation to the citizenry.

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