Open Defecation must end to honour Nkrumah’s memory – M-CODe

Accra, Sept 21, GNA – The Media Coalition
against Open Defecation (M-CODe) Friday said a worthy way to commemorate
Founder’s Day is for Ghanaians to commit to the crusade to end Open defecation,
which threatens the health and safety of all.

It also urged the Government to provide a
national roadmap for the eradication of the undignified practice at every
administrative level, with the enforcement of bylaws by the Metropolitan,
Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) towards this national campaign.

In a statement, copied to the Ghana News
Agency, in Accra, the Coalition said  
Kwame Nkrumah would be disappointed in Ghanaians if he were to see or
feel the way sanitation was being been managed, in general, especially, that
his ‘beloved Ghana’ had been ranked among the League of filthy countries, 61
years after his toil to make her one of the most attractive countries in
Africa.

It was, however, optimistic it said, that if
more investments were made in improving sanitation facilities, Ghana could
achieve the universal access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene
for all and end open defecation even before 2025,.

The Coalition also called for the
establishment of a budget line for eradication of open defecation in annual
budgets that would synch with the said national road map.

Open defecation, it emphasised, was the main
reason Ghana was still recording cholera outbreaks and a lot of diarrhoeal
deaths amongst children and adults.

“It is estimated that one out of every five
Ghanaians defecate outside a toilet each day, representing close to six million
people, who engage in open defecation.

“Experts have indicated that the practice
costs Ghana $79million annually (excluding cost of funerals, single parenthood,
widows and orphans).

“Apart from the practice being an enemy to
tourism, it is also the cause of many preventable illnesses like typhoid,
malnutrition and stunted growth in children”.

GNA

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