A Sanitation Committee set by the Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan to look at sanitation management in the region has identified that environmental health and sanitation practices in public places in the region are very poor.
Giving details on the findings of the committee, the Chair, Ben Issah said most foodstuffs are sold at markets with very poor sanitary conditions.
Some of the markets, he noted, lack urinal and toilet facilities, a situation he described as worrying.
Mr Issah bemoaned the high rate of open defecation in the metropolis and pledged the committee’s readiness to work towards achieving a clean region.
Highlighting some of the policies the committee will put in place to ensure proper sanitation in the region, he said based on the identified problems on sanitation, a tool has been developed to award the best performing MMDA and to shame the worst performing assembly. He indicated that, their focus will mostly be on public places including schools, markets, lorry parks and hospitals.
New Kotokuraba Market environs
Mr Ben Issah revealed that, the committee will be signing a performance contract with the Hon Regional Minister and all MMDCEs on the sanitation project adding that all coordinating directors will also sign with District Environmental Health Officers. This, he said will help sustain the policies that has been outlined.
On his part, the Regional Minister called for the immediate drafting of the policies outlined for the necessary implementation strategies to be adopted.
The Sanitation committee members include, Ben Issah as chair, the Regional Environmental Health Officer, Mr. Paul Nutsugah and Helen Opoku.
Source: ATL FM NEWS