Anloga-Torkor-Lagoon in sanitation crisis

Anloga-Torkor-Lagoon in sanitation crisis

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Views: 460 Selorm Sosu, VR,Aug 12,2019, Mon, 2;00pm The Anloga Torkor-lagoon is in sanitation crisis. Its boundaries are covered with feces, domestic ...

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Selorm Sosu, VR,Aug 12,2019, Mon, 2;00pm

The Anloga Torkor-lagoon is in sanitation crisis. Its boundaries are covered with feces, domestic waste, and plastic materials.

Consequently, the synthetic materials pollute the fishes, and human consumers as well.

But, the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 seeks equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water; access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene, an end to open defecation paying special attention to the needs of women, and girls and those in vulnerable situations. Aside, the goal demands a reduction in water pollution, elimination of dumping, and protection and restoration of wetlands, rivers, and lakes.

The Anlo people largely depend on fishing from the lagoon for their livelihood.

It is, however shocking at their indiscriminate dumping of waste into the lagoon, causing sanitation danger, and declining fishing activities, according to some of the fishermen.

Some of the fishermen said their catches had reduced lately due to the indiscriminate dumping of waste into the lagoon.

The synthetic waste was suffocating the fishes, and chasing some  of the spices from the lagoon.

Some of them expressed worry that fishes in the lagoon might be polluted by eating the synthetic objects.

“This is where we make our daily bread from yet some of us are defecating and throwing waste in it.”

The practice could breed waterborne diseases such as cholera and bilharzia.

The District Chief Executive (DCE), Hon. Seth Yermewu said he had organized about five cleanings up exercises since resuming office in May this year (2019).

He said sanitation management in the area was difficult because the land was owned by individual Anlo natives. Besides, the problem was attitudinal, and that he was working hard to improve the sanitation situation.

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