AMA health dept rakes in GH¢87,862 from sanitation fines

Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, Mayor of Accra

Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, Mayor of Accra

The Metropolitan Public Health Department of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has generated Gh¢87,862 from fines imposed on sanitation offenders prosecuted in the 10 sub metros.

Dr. Simpson Anim Boateng, director of the department, in an interview with The Ghanaian Times, said a total of 645 cases, from January to June, were successfully prosecuted while others were cautioned and discharged.

These cases were recorded within the 10 sub- metros in the metropolitan area, namely: Ablekuma South, Ablekuma Central, Ablekuma North, Okaikoi South, Okaikoi North, Ashiedu Keteke, Osu Klottey, Ayawso East, Ayawso West, and Ayawso Central.

He said a total of 1,501 summons were served on offenders who were found culpable of indiscriminate disposal of waste, littering and open defecation.

Dr Boateng said out of the number of summons served, 453 bench warrants were pending before the courts while 338 of the bench warrants had been effected.

He said many people residing in the metropolis did not comply with the bye-laws on environmental health, which were the basis of poor waste management in Accra, adding that there was the need to intensify the sanitation law to serve as a deterrent to others.

He said measures had been put in place to curb the practice of open defecation, littering, dumping of refuse into drains that caused diseases.

Dr Boateng warned food vendors to ensure that the conditions of the environment in which they operated did not pose a threat to human health.

He also cautioned animal owners to ensure that they kept them in their pens to prevent them from creating nuisance in the community.

Ms. Linda Kumbuno a prosecutor of the Metropolitan Public Health Department, said the department lacked police protection in the administering its duties to ensure that people complied with the laws.

She called on the government to provide them with vehicles to enable them to embark on their daily routine work.

By Jennifer Apprey

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