Government to establish ‘sanitation courts’ to fight poor sanitary conditions

Government to establish ‘sanitation courts’ to fight poor sanitary conditions

Government to establish ‘sanitation courts’ at Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to take care of poor sanitary conditions.

People discovered culpable of breaching sanitation guidelines may quickly serve a jail time period or be fined.

The transfer is to reinforce measures against indiscriminate disposal of waste, open defecation, and other sanitation challenges confronting the country.

Deputy Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Amidu Issahaku Chinnia says the Ministry is collaborating with the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney-General to set apart days to take care of sanitation cases.

Government to establish ‘sanitation courts’ to fight poor sanitary conditions
Deputy Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Amidu Issahaku Chinnia

Speaking at an occasion to mark the 2022 World Toilet Day, the sector minister indicated that the government is instituting measures to confront the sanitation disaster.

“We will pursue aggressively the one-house one toilet initiative to ensure households get decent toilets. In the next one year, a total of 200,000 toilets will be added to the toilet stock in the country. We hope to facilitate the construction of toilet facilities in selected schools and health facilities across the country. The Ministry is collaborating with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General to set aside special days to trial cases involving sanitation,” he said.

Despite no data of cholera since 2017, the country remains to be challenged with poor sanitation.

The Ghana Statistical Service in its 2021 Population and Housing Census data indicated that solely 25% of the 31.7 million Ghanaian population have entry to primary sanitation.

Accessibility to bathroom services stays an costly process as 56% of Ghanaians nonetheless share bathroom services with almost 18% of households within the country nonetheless engaged in open defecation.

The Ashanti Region over the last decade has seen a marginal enhance in open defecation, from 6% (in 2010) to 7% (in 2021).

In 2021, government with assist from the World Bank initiated the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly Sanitation and Water mission to enhance entry to sanitation and water.

Government to establish ‘sanitation courts’ to fight poor sanitary conditions
Project Coordinator, George Asiedu

Project Coordinator, George Asiedu says 5,000 out of the estimated 30,000 bathroom services have to this point been constructed under the 4-year mission.

“The reverse from Accra. We need to double our efforts and make sure that we enforce our bye-laws and support many people who do not have access to toilet,” he said.

Currently, the Ejisu Municipality leads within the One Household One Toilet facility initiative within the metropolis.

The municipal meeting is facilitating efforts to assemble extra bathroom services in schools and other public places.

The 2022 World Toilet Day held under the theme: “Sanitation and Ground water”, centered on the influence of sanitation disaster on groundwater.

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