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Tamale Sanitation Project Stalls

2005-09-08 13:53:56
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Tamale Central
The disbursement of ¢10 billion meant for the effective promotion of good sanitation in the Tamale metropolis has suffered a major setback due to the inability of the assembly to get a substantive metropolitan chief executive.
The fund,which is the assembly’s allocation from the government could not be utilised to help improve on refuse collection for instance in the metropolis from the current low figure of 15 per cent to the expected 55 per cent.

For the past three months,the assembly has failed to confirm the President’s nominee,Alhaji Iddrisu Adam, as the MCE.The process to confirm him last Saturday, which lasted for more than four hours,had to be postponed indefinitely.

The Deputy Regional Minister,Mr Mohammed Amin Anta, who disclosed this at the regional launch of the Sanitation Week celebration at Savelugu on Tuesday,expressed regret that the situation had hampered efforts at achieving set targets in promoting good sanitation although the metropolis was recently adjudged the cleanest metropolis in the country.

The celebration was aimed at sensitising the public to the promotion of sanitation in their respective communities. Similar programmes would be organised at Nanton,Pong- Tamale,Diare,Moglaa and Tampion.

The deputy minister blamed the inability of most assemblies to promote good sanitation on “institutional discipline”and charged the assemblies to help reverse the trend.

He warned the assemblies against the misuse of tractors meant for refuse collection,adding that those assemblies found using such facilities for other purposes would be severely sanctioned.

According to Mr Anta,it was the duty of the assemblies to provide the necessary sanitary equipment while the public on the other hand must complement that effort by avoiding indiscriminate throwing of refuse into open places.

He observed that such negative attitude towards the environment was a mark of “public indiscipline”which must be condemned in no uncertain terms.

Mr Anta therefore urged the various district assemblies to rigidly enforce bylaws on sanitation to promote good health and cleanliness of the environment.

The deputy minister observed that only 27 per cent of the population in the metropolis had access to sanitation facilities like places of convenience,which he said was not the best.

“It is therefore necessary for district assemblies to provide toilet,urinals,effective education on sound environmental hygiene and enforcement of regulations on sanitation” he emphasised.

The Regional Director of the Health Service,Dr Elias Sory, noted that about 90 per cent of all cases at the various hospitals in the region,were diseases that could be avoided, and urged the public to take matters of sanitation seriously.

“Sanitation and environmental cleanliness can be considered as a coin which has two sides,educating people and the other is the enforcement of the law; hence let’s make sure people obey simple instructions” he stressed.

The programme officer at the Tamale Office of the United Nations Children’s Education Fund,Dr Elias Massusah,said correlation existed between lack of access to potable water and sanitation facilities and child morbidity.

According to him,rural sanitation in Ghana stood at 13 per cent,adding,“improving sanitation is one of the most effective ways of improving health and quality of life of children in the country”.

He bemoaned the fact that although efforts had been made by his outfit to provide sanitation facilities at Savelugu- Nanton,Tolon- Kumbungu,Zabzugu- Tatale,Builsa and Bawku, many people still disposed of refuse and sewage indiscriminately in their respective homes.

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