Mensah Guinea residents blame cholera epidemic on AMA’s failure to provide waste bins

Residents and food vendors of Mensah Guinea, a community behind the Arts centre in Accra are blaming the increasing number of cholera related deaths and illness in their vicinity on the failure of city authorities to provide them with waste bins.

 According to them, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has not responded to their numerous appeals to provide bins at vantage points to minimize littering in the area.

Their complaints came to light when residents embarked on a rigorous clean-up exercise Wednesday following AMA’s ultimatum for them to clear filth in the area or have their structures demolished by Friday.

The ultimatum comes in the wake of a proposed ban by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on street vending in Accra as a measure to fighting the alarming cholera outbreak in the country.

In an effort to rid the city of filth and clamp down the cholera epidemic, the AMA in August began cleanup exercises at Tudu, Agbogbloshie, Okaishie and Makola markets, all within the Accra metropolis.

The Assembly in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and other stakeholders rolled  out a vigorous free waste bin distribution project to residents within the metropolis.

Currently, the AMA, Regional Security Council and Local Government Ministry, are enforcing bye-laws to maintain sanitation standards within the region.

But attitudes like open defecation at beaches, consumption of food prepared under unhygienic conditions and the failure to keep personal hygiene  are among a list of things hampering the efforts of tackling the epidemic.

The epidemic has since to spread to the Central and Western Region of the country.

 Due to the  growing spate of the epidemic ,government has started discussions with the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the introduction of vaccines to bring the outbreak of the cholera disease in the country under control.

As the disease takes its toll day by day, government and health officials are urging the public to practice personal hygiene.

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