KMA Heroes: Don Awantungo, Edmund Kombal And Joseph Larry


Don, Edmund and Joseph once again swung into action this week in their fight against environmental pollution in Kumasi. Understaffed and under resourced, as many agencies in Ghana are, the Terrific Trio battled against the difficulties to seize the noise equipment of the health destroying noisemaker in Kumasi.

The people of Emena will be forever grateful and proud of these KMA heroes for their hard work and dedication to their important duties at the KMA for the people of Kumasi.

The World Health Organisation says, “Noise Can Kill”. The Ghana EPA says, “Noise is a Silent Killer”. The Terrific Trio are only too aware of the great health dangers posed by noise and other pollution in Kumasi.

Under the wise and professional leadership of Don – Edmund has become enormously interested in the scientific and health ramifications of noise pollution and the little known dangers posed by the “silent killer”. He sees his role with the KMA as ever expanding to rid Kumasi of the noisemakers who seem to place more importance on making money than the health and wellbeing of residents.

Joseph’s quiet resolve and determination in getting the job done is of enormous support to Edmund. Edmund and Joseph are obviously the ideal role models for the more junior members of the pollution fighting team.

The Trio are a wonderful example to other workers and agencies in Ghana. They have embraced their duties with tremendous seriousness and dedication but they cannot do all the work on their own.

Edmund’s research has verified that birth defects and learning difficulties at school can be a direct result of noise, even if that noise is not very loud. He is also only too aware that noise can cause heart attacks and other diseases. In calling for the public to be more careful not to throw refuse in the gutter or onto the street he emphasised that Kumasi could quickly become a much cleaner city, and lives more healthy

“Stow It, Don’t Throw It” may be a good thought to carry with you always, especially when you are tempted to toss that empty water satchel or cast that paper to the gutter or roadside.


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