Views: 698 Ishmael A. Junourgh, Walewale, Wed, Sept 7, 2018, 9:26pm West Mamprusi Municipality in the Northern Region is in sanitation crisis with ove...
Ishmael A. Junourgh, Walewale, Wed, Sept 7, 2018, 9:26pm
West Mamprusi Municipality in the Northern Region is in sanitation crisis with over 91,643 persons in Walewale Township alone still drinking from streams, says, the Community Water and Sanitation System Manager in Walewale, Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed.
But, the Municipal Chief Executive, (MCE) Mr. Mohammed Abu said ‘it is not easy’ and that Walewale, the Municipal Capital would be zoned and sanitation officers assigned to watch over each zone and bring perpetrators to book.
In the meantime, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2 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. Also, 6.2.1 expects proportion of population using safely managed sanitation services, including a hand-washing facility with soap and water.
But this may be a mirage in Walewale because most public toilets are not hygienic for use, and household toilets in the municipality are a difficult situation, forcing some of the natives to do open defecation. Drainage system in the Municipality is choked and it is an eyesore to see rain water spilling into homes, shops and every available space for escape.
At wungu community, the seat of the over lord of Walewale Traditional Area, all toilets are choked and closed down except one, which is inadequate per the population size.
Water as a major component of sanitation
Access to water—serious component of sanitation—is poor in the Municipality.
In the raining season the population depends on few low yielding boreholes and streams; in the dry season too, they rely on tricycle operators to draw water from wells in low-land areas for sale to them.
When contacted at his office, a day ago, the MCE blamed the situation on ‘low water table’ condition of the town.
He said that the Municipality was a beneficiary of a World Bank project to sink and mechanised a number of boreholes-for-water from areas with good water table to supply the town.
On sanitation, he said it was better at the rural communities than in Walewale town.
He hinted that the Municipality was to zone out the town and assigned sanitation officers to watch over each zone and make sure that those who would fail to comply with approved sanitation rules were brought to order.