Saltpond-Ankaful, June 14, GNA - Mrs Forgive Yayra Ameglah, Mfantseman Municipal Environmental Health Officer has lamented about open defecation in the community, which she says has become a major sanitation challenge for the Assembly.
She described the situation as very worrying and that the lack of toilet facilities was making it difficult to address the challenges of open defecation.
"This issue has become a canker eating deep into the fabric of the Municipality. It has also made the Municipality loss it glory," she lamented.
Residents of Ankaful, a fishing community in the Municipality have resorted to defecating openly at the beaches due to the lack of toilets in the area.
The over 2,000 residents of the community rely on just one public toilet, a situation that has made life unbearable for the people compelling them to defecate in the open.
The residents have therefore appealed to the Municipal Assembly to provide them with adequate public toilets to help stem the practice.
Mrs Ameglah said it was necessary for every household to have toilet facilities to avoid open defecation to promote good health.
"There is now an on-going project which is the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) which will ensure each and everyone in the community obtains a laterine in their various homes,” she said.
Adding that “therefore, each member of this community must be ready to join this project," she said.
The advocacy was at a Town Hall meeting organised by the Parish Justice and Peace Committee (PJPC) of the Ghana Catholic Bishop Conference in collaboration with the Municipal Assembly.
The meeting, which was on the theme “Community Participation in Local Government for Rapid Development" formed part of the community participation in local government project initiated by the Ghana Catholic Bishop Conference.
It was aimed at creating awareness to generate greater interest and participation in district level elections for massive community led developments.
At the meeting, Mr Kofi Attah Essuman, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Mfantseman pledged to provide the people with three public toilets with bathrooms inclusive.
He therefore implored the chief to release land for the immediate commencement of the project.
However, he admonished the community members to strive to build toilets in their individual homes and promised to assist people who will take the initiative with two bags of cement and two roofing sheets.
The MCE stressed the need to acquire building permit before building and also include toilet facility in their building plans.