A total of 23 communities in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta region have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) with four new communities added in 2019.
Fodome Ando No 2, Alavanyo Agorxoe, Likpe Avedzeme and Gbi Avega are the four new communities within the municipality to attain ODF status.
Mr. Andrews Teddy Ofori, the Hohoe Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) announced this when he addressed assembly members at the first ordinary meeting of the eighth Assembly’s first session.
The MCE said some 20 new communities should be declared Open Defecation Free in the municipality by December 2020.
He said a major sanitation programme the Assembly was pursuing was the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and added that a resolution passed by the Assembly to ensure that all households in the Municipality had toilet facilities by December 2018 was still in force and recalcitrant landlords and house owners who failed to comply with the directive would be put before court.
Mr Ofori said the Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit of the Assembly was tasked to undertake health and hygiene promotion activities to improve on the standards of public health and sanitation and also prevent the occurrence of diseases among the populace.
He said during the year under review, the Unit undertook routine inspection of household premises, cleaning and collection of refuse at the market, public education programmes on the control of stray animals.
They also conducted daily post mortem examinations of carcasses to ensure wholesome meat produced and passed for sale to the public and collected and disposed solid and liquid waste in the Municipality in collaboration with Zoomlion Ghana Limited.
The MCE said the Assembly had procured four motorbikes for the Environmental Health and Records Units through the District Assembly Common Fund to ensure effective and efficient output.
He said there were 33 Community-based Health Planning and Service (CHPS) zones with ten functioning to bring primary health care to communities while the remaining zones would have theirs completed with maternity wards adding that the Assembly would complete on-going works on all CHPS Compounds by end of 2020.