Opinion leaders, particularly chiefs and religious heads, have been asked to support sanitation campaigns, to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
Mr. Samuel Marfo, Managing Director of the Sadum Limited, mineral water producers, who made the appealed, said government alone could not ensure sanitation and environmental preservation.
Mr. Marfo, who was addressing workers of companies in Suhum in the Eastern Region, reminded the public that diseases such as cholera, worm infestations, typhoid and poliomyelitis could be caused by insanitary practices.
He cautioned the people against indiscriminate dumping of waste, open defecation and pollution of water bodies and urged Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to strictly enforce by-laws on sanitation.
Mr. Marfo lamented that “filth, which has engulfed some parts of the country, is seriously becoming a potential health hazard, in spite of the introduction of the National Sanitation Day, to improve sanitation.”
He said the company was committed to supporting government in preserving the environment and promoting sanitation.
Mr. Davidson Darko, Factory Manager, appealed to factory workers to ensure that they abide by best sanitation practices to ensure that they produce wholesome products.
He also advised them to ensure proper disposal of liquid and solid waste to prevent environmental pollution.
Mr. Darko said the company would continue to supply potable water to Suhum, Apedwa, Asafo, Nfranor, Anum Apapam, Kuano, Amanse, Asuobi, Nankese and Akorabo, all in the Eastern Region.
Mr. Darko said the company faced problems like frequent power outages and high electricity bills, adding that production has declined from 1,500 to between 700 and 800 sachets of water daily.
Mr. Yaw Osafo Bediako, the company’s legal consultant, appealed to Ghanaians to preserve the environment for the present and future generations.