Govt Asked To Implement Sanitation Policies

COLLINS 1Water Sanitation for Africa (WSA), an affiliate of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has urged the government to prioritise the implementation of sanitation policies in the country.

According to the Country Policy Manager of WSA, Charles Nachinab, a recent survey conducted by his outfit, in collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, and funded by WHO, revealed a huge gap between government policies on sanitation and their implementation.

He said the gap exist due to lack of funding and commitment on the side of both the public and government.
Speaking to The Ghanaian Times at a day’s stakeholders workshop to validate the draft of the survey for onward review by the sector minister in Accra yesterday, Mr. Nachinab said 9,477,093 out of 11,943,734 in urban areas did not have access to potable water and sanitation where as 8,628,250 people in rural areas suffer the same condition.

He explained that the huge deficit between the number of people who had access to potable water and sanitation in both urban and rural areas and those who did not reveal that policies on sanitations were not being properly   executed.

According to him, the government must devise comprehensive ways of dealing with the issue andshould further consider a proposal drafted by the WSA which they believed, would massively address the issue.

Mr. Nachinab said, as contained in the proposal, government and the public should consider sanitation as a business venture, where it would be treated as wealth rather than waste.

“The first step to dealing with this issue is for the country to treat waste as a resource by properly disposing and recycling them for use. In that respect jobs would be created and the country would earn income as well,” he stated.

The focal person for the survey, who also doubles as the Deputy Director of Water Directorate under the Ministry, Harold Clottey admitted that sanitation issues were a great challenge for the government.

He said the solution was a shared responsibility between government and the public. “Whereas government continues to provide social interventions for proper waste disposal and recycling the public should know that hygiene is personal and people do not need government to keep them hygienic,” he explained.

He further stated that all efforts of government to keep the country clean would prove futile if the public did not wake up to their responsibility.  By Charles Amankwa

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