The La Magistrate court, on Monday convicted 22 persons to a total fine of GH¢3,360.00 for openly defecating, dumping and burning refuse at unauthorised sites.
The offenders, who pleaded guilty, were arrested by a combined team of personnel from the Environmental Health Department, La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA) and the La police, during a routine inspection, a week ago.
Areas inspected included the beach, African Lake, Wizard Park, Danquah Circle and Anglican Church, all in the La municipality.
The prosecutor, Paul Agbagba, Environmental Health Officer of the La Dade-Kotopon assembly, told the court presided by Emilia Abrakwah that 11 persons were caught defecating in the open in the municipality.
He said that the driver of a registered rubbish truck carrier (name and company withheld) was caught dumping refuse at an unauthorised place.
Mr. Agbagba said ten of the offenders were caught dumping and burning refuse at an unauthorised site.
Mr. Victor Acquaye, Municipal Environmental Health Officer, said the exercise formed part of steps by the assembly to prevent the outbreak of cholera.
He said there were toilet facilities in the municipality, and anyone who would be caught defecating in the open would be dealt with according to law.
Mr. Aquaye said the assembly had introduced public sensitisation forums for food vendors, house-to-house education, registration of refuse collection trucks, taxis and push trucks to promote sanitation and health.
By Victor A. Buxton