Accompanied by officials from the AMA and the security agencies, the Minster visited Avenor and Kisseiman, all cholera endemic suburbs in Accra. At Avenor where 34 cholera cases have been recorded, Nii Ashietey called for the demolition of all illegal structures constructed around the drains in the areas. "It's obvious those who live near these drains do not have toilet facilities and so their only places of convenience are the drains around," he explained.
Nii Ashietey called for appropriate measures against those who flout rules and regulations governing sanitation in the country as it would help curb indiscipline as far as health was concerned. At Kisseiman where two cases had been reported, he expressed concern about the illegal connection of taps to drains in the areas through which human excreta passed.
He urged the Public Health Directorate to endeavour to demolish all the illegal tap connections in order to stop people from contaminating the drains with liquid waste thereby increasing the chances of cholera infection in the area....read more
March 30, 2011