Kpone fire victims to recieve screening


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By Laudia Sawer

Kpone, Aug 20,
GNA – Residents of Kpone Konkompe and its environs are to be screened and
treated for respiratory infections after inhaling  possible toxic smoke emanating from the Kpone
landfill site’s fire.

The landfill,
since Friday morning, has been in flames leading to the emission of thick white
smoke which covers Kpone Konkompe, Sethi Reality Estate, affordable housing and
its surroundings.

Mr Frank
Asante, Public Relations Officer,  Tema
Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), revealing this to the Ghana News Agency, said his
outfit which manages the landfill site, would collaborate with the
Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly and the Ghana Health Service to screen the
residents.

Mr Asante noted
that the TMA through the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO)
would identify such residents and employees of nearby companies for the
screening.

According to
him, Mr Felix Anang-La, Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, was setting up a
committee to investigate the cause of the fire which had raged for over four
days to prevent a future recurrence.

He however
pleaded with affected persons to 
relocate  until the fire subsided
to avoid  breathing diseases, sinusitis
and lung infections.

The Kpone
landfill site which was constructed to replace an old one, was supposed to have
four cells with toxic fluid system biogas and manure processing system but had
been turned into a normal dumping ground with mountainous heaps of garbage.

The site, which
was opened in 2012 to handle over 1,200 metric tonnes of waste daily from Tema
and other parts of the Greater Accra Region, had been overstretched in both
capacity and lifespan.

GNA


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