Gov’t Spends 290 Millon Cedis On Poor Sanitation

The public has been urged to promote personal hygiene both in our homes and the environment since it is the only way to do way with most of the common diseases that normally attack people. However, Ghanaians have been advised to cultivate the habit of washing hands with soap and water anytime they visit the toilet.

This was made known by the chief executive officer (C.E.O) of Rural Water Development Programme Of Church of Christ, Mr. Nathaniel Adams at a ceremony to mark World toilet day at Nsutam in the Fanteakwa south constituency of the eastern region on national theme: ” The impact of open defecation on the socio- economic development of Ghana”.

According to him, the celebration will give chance to get involved in the global movement for toilets and sanitation for all and raises awareness of the need for action to open defecations.

Mr. Adams narrated that God cautions us not to expose our excreta in Deuteronomy 23:12-14 and thinks Ghanaians needs to help in the fight against open defecation. He revealed that government spends more than 290 million cedis each year representing 1.6 percent of National gross domestic product on poor sanitation whiles open defecation alone costs the country 79 million cedis per year according to Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate of the Ministry of local government and rural development.

” I think the office of Town and country planning needs to step up their operations to make sure all houses to be built have toilet facilities” Mr. Adams emphasised.

Mr. Nathaniel Adams therefore called on government to take up its responsibility of providing communities across the country with decent toilet facilities to help deal with open defecation.

The eastern regional manager, Mr. Franklin Boafo was optimistic such celebrations would go a long way to strengthen the awareness of having a clean environment. He said his outfit is putting down measures to educate most communities and schools in the region.

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