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The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is undertaking an intensive exercise to clear major drains at Bukom and London Market in Accra to forestall any outbreak of diseases.

Mr Sam Ayeh-Dartey, the AMA Coordinating Director, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the poor sanitation habit of the residents was making things difficult for the city authorities.

He said though there was a public place of convenience in the community some of the residents had persistently decided to practice open defecation while the drains were choked with polythene bags and plastic wastes, which posed health risks.

Mr Ayeh-Dartey said the situation was unacceptable and that the District Environmental Officers had been ordered to serve notices and summons to a number of residents found engaging in the practice.

“The nauseating smell that has polluted the area leaves much to be desired,” he said.

Mr Graham Sarbah, the Director of Drains at the AMA and the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area – Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA-SWP), said the AMA was embarking on a vigorous campaign to ensure that the people got household toilets to improve sanitation.

He said the World Bank, through the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, was bearing 70 per cent of the cost of providing the toilet facilities, while the 30 per cent was being borne by residents.

Mr Sarbah urged the people to take advantage of the initiative and register with accredited contractors to own sustainable household toilets at affordable cost.

“These types of toilets are designed for areas which have limited access to water. It uses its in-built filters to provide a safe non-polluting solution.”

Mr Joseph Addo, the Assemblyman for the Ngleshie Electoral Area, urged the citizens to change their poor sanitation attitude to save the AMA from spending huge sums of money on waste management while helping in the fight against poor hygienic conditions to ensure healthy living.

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