PIX: Hon Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister for Sanitation inspecting some of the Institutional toilets with the Kumasi Mayor and Staff of the Assembly
THE SANITATION Minister, Hon Cecilia Abena Dapaah has expressed happiness about the ongoing implementation of the world bank funded project by her outfit which focuses on the construction of toilet facilities for schools, markets and hospitals in selected communities in Ghana.
The project also focuses on households that do not have toilets to serve inhabitants.
Touring some of the project sites in the Ashanti region including Ejisu, Oforikrom, Asokwa and KMA under the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GKMA-SWP), the Minister said she was impressed with work done so far.
“I am happy that the project has so far enabled us to construct toilets in communities we targeted. We have been able to replace at Besease innthe Ejisu Municipality some toilets that were as old as 70 years with new household ones”, the Minister stated.
The Minister said the project in schools was focusing on getting teachers, pupils particularly the girl child as well as the physically challenged separete toilets so it can cater for their special needs.
Special toilets, she said were being constructed for markets and health centers under the project.
These, she noted would considerably eliminate the canker of open defecation.
“Apart from the open defecation canker this project focuses to eliminate we would also be able to curb the snake bites that are associated with people using the bush and unapproved areas to answer nature’s call”, the Minister noted.
The Minister said the challenge that was showing up has been encroachment of the spaces earmarked for the construction of the Institutional toilets.
She however stressed the need for the contractors to fence off the facilities or plant some trees to serve as boundaries for the project.
Mr George Asiedu, Project Coordinator under the GKMA-SWP hinted the media that so far over 10, 000 toilets had been constructed across the selected communities in the MMDAS.
He disclosed that the project scope will have them construct about 300, 000 household and institutional toiltes across the country.
Story By Michael Ofosu-Afriyie,