Residents of Kpone, capital of Kpone –Katamanso Municipality in the Greater Accra Region, are calling for the closure of the Kpone Land Fill site due to health concerns.

Presenting a petition to authorities at a town hall meeting organized by the Municipal Assembly in Kpone, Mr. Joseph Tetteh, lead speaker of the Concerned Citizens of Kpone, noted that the stench emanating from the land fill site Is unbearable for the residents in the community.

According to him, the stench becomes more poignant from midnight to dawn thus making  sleeping very difficult for most residents.

Mr. Tetteh again lamented that, everyone is at the risk of falling sick due to the bad stench and the poisonous sludge that flows from the site through the town into the sea during the rainy season, adding that “the site is full yet they keep dumping the waste”.

According to him, many residents spend huge sums of money on their healthcare due to serious health problems associated with  the landfill site.

In a response to the call for the close down of the land fill site, Mr. Michael Ewurah, Municipal Public health analyst, said the call for the closure of the landfill site is in order.

He said, Kpone Katamanso is not benefiting from the land fill site but rather contracting illnesses and unbearable stench.

He added that, the situation would become disastrous if authorities does not stop the managers of the land fill site adding, “We may have an epidemic outbreak if nothing was done.“

The Tema Metropolitan Assembly manages the the Kpone Land Fill site which currently receives over 1,200 metric tonnes of waste daily from the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA).

Source: GNA