Views: 806 Gertrude Bazaanaa, Accra, Sept 23, 2018, Sun, 4; 15pm Media Coalition against Open Defecation (OD) has been launched in Accra in view of hi...
Gertrude Bazaanaa, Accra, Sept 23, 2018, Sun, 4; 15pm
Media Coalition against Open Defecation (OD) has been launched in Accra in view of high statistics of the sanitation canker, currently at 5.7 million OD rate among the Ghanaian Population, says the media forum.
But, the media is calling for support to challenge and push policy makers, politicians, and institutions to help fight the situation in effort to meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2 which expects by ‘2030, every community to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.’
Against this background, Deputy Water and Sanitation Minister, Mr. Patrick Boamah said the President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo was committed to the fight and calling on all Ghanaians to support to achieve Open Defecation Free (ODF) environment by playing their parts; changing their attitudes from littering, open defection and open urination.
‘Government has created a new ministerial focus,’ for the purpose of improving sanitation; the Deputy Minister stated. And that the Government was not to seek political popularity but to improve lives of Ghanaians through improved sanitation.
He said so far some estimated 11, 000 household toilets had been constructed to serve about 88,000 people in Accra by the Ministry through the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and Water and Sanitation Project and some 406 toilets more provided for some 165,000 people elsewhere in the country.
The forum also stated 2014 as worse cholera period in the country and calling for intensification of the sanitation campaign to forestall similar occurrences in the future.
It noted that the way forward was to work on the SDGs, increase finance into sanitation, participatory planning, and coalition of the media.
The media coalition stated that free campaign seemed to die off. Meanwhile one out of every five Ghanaian still defecate outside, there was still the need for toilet facilities in health facilities and in public places like banks, markets and lorry parks.
A representative said the World Vision’s zero tolerance open defecation by 2020 declaration in all communities in all the ten regions in Ghana was still an ongoing crusade and the International organisation would provide financial and technical support to the best of their strength.
Also, the organisation encouraged Government and other stakeholders to pay attention to the wash programme in the country.