2012-04-26 21:47:24This article has been read 711 times.
The health of Children who stay around the Tamale Land Fill Site located at Gbalahi is at risk as a result of their invasion of the site to look for scraps and empty sachet water bags.
The children, mostly of school going age, are said to be the major suppliers of scraps in the area. Some of the children are as young as eight years, with the average age being 12 years.
When Zaa News visited the site, close to 20 children were found scavenging for scraps. Some of the children Zaa News interacted with say they make one Ghana cedi per cocoa sack of empty sachet water bags whiles those engaged in scraps make two cedis depending on the weight.
Even though the children seem to be aware of the health hazards of the waste materials, their desperation to make money supersedes the dangers involve.
One of the children, Fadel Zakaria who spoke to Zaa News said business was booming especially, during this vacation period.
Some residents around the land fill site say the activities at the site are threatening their water bodies because feacal matter discharged into a nearby dam at the site which runs into their water sources.
They are worried that, the situation could deny them water during this year’s raining season. There are also fears of an out break of communicable diseases like cholera in Gbalahi and Kulaa communities.