Under a two-year European Union/UNICEF supported project to improve sanitation in the districts, 238 communities in 10 districts of the Northern Region are to be provided with improved sanitation facilities to enhance their health status and stop open defecation.
The beneficiary communities include the: Tolon/Kumbungu, Savelugu/Nanton, Yendi, Karaga, Kpandi, Nanumba North, Gushiegu, Zabzugu/Tatale, East and Central Gonja Districts. Mr. Steven Adongo, Northern Regional Environmental Officer said this during the closing of a training programme for 60 sanitation guards, drawn from four districts in the Region, in Tamale on Friday. The training programme was collaborated between Zoomlion Ghana Limited and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), to assist Environmental Health Officers (EHOs), in the conduct of environmental health inspections and also equip them with the requisite skills for public education and law enforcement.
They sanitation guards were also taken through the techniques for carrying out and giving health promotion and education in the communities, lorry parks, markets and schools, and how to deal with statutory nuisances. Mr. Adongo said apart from Tamale, the regional capital that had some good sanitation facilities, the rest of the districts lacked proper sanitation facilities, and this made them to openly and indiscriminately defecate around. He said waste collection in the region was below 30 percent and hoped that the problem would improve when Zoomlion begins the re-cycling of waste next year.