Only 15% of Ghanaians use improved household toilets

Mr. David Duncan(right) interacting with Nana Ama Mcbrown(left),Actress  and Ms. Bertha Darteh(left),Coordinator from MLGRD.

Mr. David Duncan(right) interacting with Nana Ama Mcbrown(left),Actress and Ms. Bertha Darteh(left),Coordinator from MLGRD.

The Environmental Health Officer of the La Nkwantanang Municipal Office, Mr. Joseph Quacoe, has appealed to Ghanaians to use improved toilets to prevent the outbreak of diseases.

He said according to a United Nations report, only 15 per cent of Ghana’s population use improved household toilets.

Mr. Quacoe was speaking to mark the World Toilet Day celebration, which fell on November 19, on the theme:  “Stop open defecation, own a toilet now.” on Friday at Madina,

He said as at the third quarter of the year, only 37 per cent of the 101,704 population of the municipality had access to improved household toilets.

Mr. Quacoe said there was the need to ensure that every household had a toilet facility to improve sanitation health of the people.

He condemned landlords, who convert places demarcated for the construction of toilets into additional rooms.

Mr. Quacoe said household toilets were being constructed at half price for beneficiary households in the Greater Accra Region.

He  noted  that, currently  50 environmentally  friendly biological  toilets had been constructed  under  the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA)  Output Based Aid  (OBA)   and Rapid  Response Initiative (RRI) within  the Accra municipality.

He said each toilet was at a cost of GH¢ 3,800, but beneficiary households would pay only a token of the cost and government would bear part of the cost.

Ghanaian  celebrities, including    Nana  Ama McBrown,  Papa Nii and  Afriyie used the  occasion to advise  Ghanaians on the need to  have  toilets  in their  homes,  while  students from the  University of Ghana,Legon demonstrated the need for the public to have toilets.

 

By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu   

 

 

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