Views: 343 District Sanitation Officer, Mr. Danke Samson Story: Ishmael A. Junourgh, GWOLLU The Sissala West District has celebrated four celebrated...
District Sanitation Officer, Mr. Danke Samson
Story: Ishmael A. Junourgh, GWOLLU
The Sissala West District has celebrated four celebrated open defecation free (ODF) communities: Konkandole, Kea, Kuncheri, and Puzene.
Also, 28 additional communities are at basic ODF stage, awaiting the various verification bodies to inspect and then declare them as ODF communities.
But, PLAN Ghana’s subsidised alternating household toilet facilities, spread across the District have been either locked up, and reserved for the most elderly in the household, or converted into a storeroom because according to the District Sanitation Officer, the toilets, unlike, that of the Unicef CLTS were pushed on the people, and so the people did not see the need to use them appropriately.
According to the District Sanitation Officer, Mr. Danke Samson, the celebrated communities were triggered, monitored and verified ODFs under the UNICEF Community Led Total Sanitation. (CLTS)
Plan Ghana’s subsidised toilet Plan Ghana’s subsidised toilet UNICEF CLTS Toilet
The CLTS programme started in the District of 55 communities in 2010.
Besides, Mr. Samson said with the CLTS concept, vigorous education and campaign triggered the natives to start put up their own household toilets using indigenous materials, and for that matter the people were putting the toilets into appropriate use.
Mr. Samson explained that to trigger a community under the CLTS concept; first, it requires three times visits to a community for the pre triggering stage. Next, one visit for the triggering stage, Then, 16 visits for post triggering stage; in all 20 visits and that it very costly to trigger a community.
The sanitation officer said only a few still do open defecation in the district because of the interventions of Unicef CLTS, and PLAN Ghana.