NR Set Date For End To Open Defecation

The
Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Yendi, Mr. Hammed A. Yussif, has announced
a 31st December 2019, for the end of open defecation in the Northern
Region.

He made the
announcement during this year’s national sanitation expo launched in Yendi,
during which he said the Yendi Municipal Assembly targets ending it by 30th
November, 2019.

“As an
assembly and with support from the United Nations International Children’s
Emergency Fund (UNICEF), we have implemented and continue to implement various
activities such as Community Led Total Sanitation(CLTS), social norms advocacy
initiatives and strategies including sanitation marketing (SANMARK) among
others, to changing the behavior of people.”

The MCE said
there was the need to enforce the bye-laws of the Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts (MMDAs) to their
logistical conclusion; and encourage the Environmental Health Units of all
assemblies not to hesitate to prosecute all sanitation offenders in their
respective areas of jurisdiction.

He called
on landlords to endeavor to include toilet facilities in their plans when they
are putting up buildings.

“The
Spatial Planning Committees and the Technical Sub-Committees of the various MMDAs
should ensure that all building plans have toilet facilities in the plan before
the building permits are issued.”

A survey
conducted by UNICEF and the World Bank in 2018 shows that only 12 per cent of
households in Northern Ghana have access to toilet facilities.

The survey
again revealed that 48 per cent of Ghanaians practice hand washing with soup.

It is
estimated that 842,000 people die annually from sanitation related diseases.

In Ghana,
statistics also show that only 21 per cent of Ghanaians have access to improved
household latrines, where as the remaining 79 per cent defecate in the open.

A regional and district sanitation league table has been established to access performance of MMDAs in the fight against sanitation related issues in the region.

FROM Eric Kombat, Yendi



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