The Central Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), on Friday declared the Agona West Municipality as the cleanest in the Region.
This was followed by the Upper Denkyira East and the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipalities respectively.
At the bottom of the table were the Cape Coast Metro, Gomoa Central, Ekumfi and the Assin North Municipality.
The declaration among others was made at the 2018 Education and Sanitation Excellence Awards ceremony held in Cape Coast.
It was aimed at rewarding students, schools, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), for showing exceptional performances in education, environment and sanitation.
It was organized by the RCC with support from UNICEF, Zoomlion Ghana Limited and corporate bodies on the theme, “Promoting excellence in education and environmental health and sanitation in the Central Region: A shared responsibility”.
The awards were given after 12 months of fiercely contested sanitation and environment sustainability challenge, introduced by the RCC for all MMDAs.
Under the initiative, Assemblies were charged to adopt innovative and environmentally friendly policies and show unwavering commitment to combat the sanitation menace to sustain the environment.
That was geared towards prioritising and working strategically to improve health through better water, sanitation and hygiene to prevent outbreak of preventable diseases while achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
On moves to end the open defecation, the Ajumako-Eyan-Essiam (AEEDA) topped the Region and keenly followed by Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa (AOB), Assin South and Gomoa Central Districts.
Out of 781 communities, 60 had been declared ‘open defecation free’ communities.
Meanwhile, out of more 503 communities examined, Cape Coast Metro, Gomoa Central, Ekumfi and Assin North, were not among those declared open defecation free.
Other awardees included the Cleanest Hospital, Dunkwa-on-Offin Government Hospital, Cleanest Basic School, Dokono Nkwanta Basic School in the AOB District, while the Best Eatery went to Thy Grace Local along the Cape Coast-Accra Highway.
The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) Radio Central and the University of Cape Coast campuses radio, Atlantic (ATL) FM were awarded for their dedicated broadcast on sanitation.
On the traditional front, the Paramount Chief of Elmina, Nana Kojo Conduah VI, Omanhen of Edina Traditional Area, Nana Prah Agyensaim VI, Omanhene of Owerenkyiman Traditional Area, Nana Mbrobah Daboah I, Queenmother of Anomabo and all paramouncies were awarded for tackling sanitation.
They were given refuse bins, tricycles, wheelbarrows among other undisclosed items.
Mr Kwamina Duncan, the Regional Minister in his welcoming address called on Assemblies to step up education on hygiene, to curb the abysmal attitude towards good sanitation practices especially open defecation.
Stakeholders must also support to engage in extensive sensitisation campaign on the need for everyone to preach personal hygiene to solve the problem of cholera and other communicable diseases.
In collaboration with traditional authorities, they must enact effective sanitation by-laws to promote sound environmental sanitation.