EKMA promotes ownership of household latrines, fights open defecation


As part of efforts to promote good health and prevent open defecation and its associated diseases, the Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly (EKMA) in the Western Region has promoted the ownership of household latrines within the Municipality.

As a result, one hundred and twenty (120) landlords/ladies and caretakers were served with notices to provide suitable toilet facilities in their houses within a grace period of six (6) months after which defaulters would be prosecuted.

The Municipal Assembly also had a discussion with informal waste collectors with motor tricycles (Aboboya Operators) on the need to properly manage and dispose of refuse within the Municipality during the third quarter and therefore authorised the regulation of their operations to improve sanitation municipal-wide.

Mr Kojo Acquah, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of EKMA who made this known in an interview with Newsghana said as part of efforts by the Assembly to ensure improvement in sanitation within the Municipality, the Assembly embarked on some activities during the period of July to September 2021.

He said the Assembly deployed some officers of the Environmental Health Department to communities within the Municipality to sensitize the citizenry on the need to keep their surroundings clean and continue practising high standards of hygiene to prevent the outbreak of sanitation and hygiene-related diseases.

He announced that so far, seven (7) Electoral Areas, made up of Apremdo, Kwesimintsim-Fie, Kwesimintsim Sabon Zongo, Kwesimintsim Sofo Zongo, West Tanokrom, East Tanokrom and Effiakuma Zongo Electoral Areas have been covered.

In all, eight-hundred and twenty-one (821) premises with two-thousand, six-hundred and eighty-three (2,683) households and seven-thousand, two-hundred and fifty (7,250) were reached during the exercise whereas households of the Electoral Areas covered were educated to provide standard and prescribed sanitary dustbins for waste storage.

There was also sensitization of the general populace within the Assembly’s jurisdiction through radio programs and other platforms on environmental health and sanitation specific issues.

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