Unhygienic conditions at Akatsi market – Traders laments

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Akatsi Market
Akatsi Market

Stagnant water and improper dumping of refuse inundated the Akatsi Central market in the Volta region.

The situation, the traders say, was posing some health threats to members of the general public who patronise the market.

They lamented about the bad drainage channels that have not been constructed properly, causing some parts of the market to become unfriendly to users as well as motorists.

Mrs Lydia Abadzivor, Market Queen of the Akatsi Central Market, expressed her worry about the disturbing scenes during a tour by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) to the Market.

Mrs Abadzivor was unhappy about the bad attitude of some individuals who tended to dispose of their refuse under some unused sheds, which have been ripped off by rainstorm.

She further said the issue of substandard drainages constructed in the market for some years now causes flooding whenever the rains set in.

On good personal hygiene practices, Mrs Abadzivor said the bad state of the Akatsi main toilet needed urgent attention, as well as the new slaughter house, which was yet to function.

“Our cassava dough base at the market is nothing good to talk about. The gutters are choked and stagnant waters have taken over the place causing unpleasant odour,” she added.

Mrs Abadzivor further attributed the circumstances to poor supervision work and delay in approach on the part of former leaders at the Assembly.

However, she commended Mr Kofitsey Martin Nyahe, the new Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the area, for responding to their calls by touring the entire market in order to acquaint himself with the challenges at hand.

The move by the MCE, according to her, was an expression of their hope that the problems reigning in the market would be attended to at the appropriate time.

In an interaction with the MCE on the menace, he said such issues could give rise to health concerns, at a time when the spread of the coronavirus was yet to be contained.

“Unhygienic areas such as ‘agbelimorsime’ and the toilet could cause the spread of infections.

This, he said, calls for much attention from his outfit in fighting the canker.

Mr Nyahe also assured of bringing technical men from the Assembly to assess the situation regarding the issue of inadequate drainage systems.

During the tour, the GNA observed unwanted parts of fish removed by cleaners around some parts of the market which produced an unbearable stench.

Meanwhile, officers of the Municipal Environmental Health Department of the Assembly disclosed to the GNA, “there was the need to enhance the spirit of communalism at the market.”

Mr Divine Soka, the Municipal Environmental Health Officer, said their outfit had intensified public education on good hygiene practices in the various communities.

He said they have been engaging the traders for clean-up exercises in the market, but stated “there was the need for all to remain committed to keeping the business environment clean.

He bemoaned the lackadaisical attitude of some traders at the market and said the practice must stop.

“We are also going to apply the laws on sanitation after educating the populace and nobody would be spared if found culpable.”

Mr Damond Vorsah, Assistant Operations Manager at Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a waste management organisation in the Municipality, told the GNA efforts were being made to rid the market of filth.

“We are addressing the issues one after the other, but our people must also avoid dumping rubbish at unwanted places,” he added.

The Akatsi market records thousands of traders from all over Volta and neighbouring Togo on market days.

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