Open Defecation
Open Defecation

Hundreds of basic school pupils in Dodi Papase in the Kadjebi District of the Volta Region have taken the campaign against open defecation to the streets of the farming community with a route-march through the town.

The pupils, drawn from five basic schools, chanted; “Stop Open Defecation,” and “No more shitting in the bush” as they marched with placards to register their disgust over open defecation in the community.

The event was part of UNICEF’S Open Defecation Free social norms campaign being implemented by “Multiple Concept,” an anti ODF Team, which is touring selected schools in Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) implementing districts, activating natural leaders, sanitation ambassadors, and communities.

Mrs Aba Degraft Johnson, the Campaign Team Lead, spoke about health implications of open defecation and charged the pupils to become “sharp” children and take up the responsibilities of ensuring strict hygiene.

Some of the pupils complained of defecation in their classrooms by unidentified persons in the community and lamented of the lack of decent toilet facilities in the schools.

Madam Saviour Kumahor, the Kadjebi District Environmental Health Officer, said school latrines had come under pressure from members of the community for the lack of household toilets.

She, therefore, appealed to homeowners to set their priorities right and build household latrines and reminded them of the local Assembly’s June 2019 deadline for all households to own toilets or face sanctions.

The Kadjebi District, with over 13,000 households, has 30 per cent latrine coverage and 62 per cent coverage in CLTS communities.

A total of 66 out of the 134 communities in the District have been declared Open Defecation Free, with a 62 per cent toilet coverage in CLTS implementing districts.

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