The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) ladies Association has taken another giant step by constructing 10 new toilets facilities for some less privileged residents at Chorkor, a suburb of Accra.

This support is aimed at fighting open defecation and also to help Ghana as a country achieve the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) 6.

The presentation also forms part of the association’s 30th anniversary celebration under the theme ‘Inclusiveness in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Leaving no one behind’.

The president of the association, Mrs Julian Konama Amponsah-Asiamah, explained that the Chorkor community was chosen because of high suspicion of cholera that can emanate from the area due to poor sanitation problems.

She said the theme for the celebration is in the right direction since it has not left the needy in society behind since the association’s inception of the association.

“We have decided to improve the living conditions of women and children of Hwibaa community in the Ahafo Ano District of the Ashanti Region by drilling two mechanised boreholes and provision of 17 stand pipes in Ahwiam, a community of Prampram, in Tema Region,” she disclosed.

The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, advised parents to desist from defecating openly in public because it has negative impacts on tourism and health implications.

She again urged parents in the community to teach their wards the use of a toilet facility, and refrain from defecating in polythene bags and dispose them off at the beach side and other places.

Cecilia Dapaah noted “the Greater Accra Metropolitan Assembly Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA-SWP) project, which sought to eliminate open defecation, had made huge strides in its implementation, hence the need to replicate it all over the city and the country at large.”

She underscored the need to end open defecation, and urged households in the community to help in eliminating the menace by constructing toilet facilities in their homes.

She commended the GWCL Ladies Association for complementing government’s efforts in making Accra the cleanest city in Africa by providing the toilet facilities to households in communities

Source: Eric Nii Sackey

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