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