Upper East Regional Manager of Zoomlion Ghana, John Sackey has called on traders and Ghanaians in general to embrace good sanitation practices in their homes and market places to prevent possible spread of sanitation-related diseases as such diseases have no respect for a person.
According to him, despite numerous sensitizations carried out by various organizations including his outfit on the dangers surrounding indiscriminate disposal of refuse, people still litter their surroundings with the mindset that Zoomlion will clean.
That mindset he said does not only affect their health but contributes to the continuous flowing of diseases in towns and cities across the country.
“This cheap mindset amongst some people in our various surroundings is the cause of our sanitation problems in our communities. This attitude amongst people ought to be changed especially traders at various market squares. People need to know that when their surroundings are clean it saves them time and resources as they will no longer visit the health centers to treat themselves as they could have”, he stressed.
Mr. Sackey made these comments at a cleanup exercise conducted in the Bolgatanga Municipality and the Bolgatanga East District.
The exercise was in response to a directive by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources to all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana to conduct a cleanup exercise as part of measures to ensure that market squares, streets, lorry stations and amongst other public places are clean to prevent possible spread of COVID-19.
The Upper East Regional Coordinating Director, Alhaji Mahamadu Azonko, who was part of the exercise, was surprised to see only staff from the Zoomlion Ghana without their counterparts from the sanitation unit of the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly.
The act, he said was unfortunate and should not be repeated as the ministry on its circular directed various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to lead in such exercise while Zoomlion Ghana will be rendering technical support to them.
He said, “Efforts to make our surroundings clean should be seen as collective efforts and not a part play. So I will use this medium to entreat that stakeholders which supposed to be leading in our sanitation issues should always be seen functioning as such.”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Ghana|Moses Apiah