Mr Amin Yahaya, Programs Director for Integrated Action for Community Development (INTAGRAD), has appealed to journalists to use their media platforms to sensitize citizens on the need for improved sanitation.

He said journalists have a crucial role to play to effectively create the awareness with the aim of channelling the appropriate information of sanitations and the dangers it posses to the environment.

Mr Yahaya said this over the weekend at a media sensitization forum aimed at involving the media in the fight against the menace of improper waste management and open defecation.

The pilot Urban Sanitation Project (USP) under the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly in partnership with (INTAGRAD) with funding from the Netherlands and UNICEF is focusing on increasing household toilets to improve sanitation in the region.

Mr Adam Wahab, the Deputy Head of Waste Management Department, said the Urban Community Led Total Sanitation (UCLTS) strategy should be adopted to engage households to facilitate the promotion of household latrines without subsidy.

“This would be borne by householders themselves without subsidy, rather than depending on benevolent organizations to reduce and discourage the use of other options including public latrines”, he said.

Mr Wahab said various latrine technologies have been embraced at a reduced cost, which every household must acquire and urged journalist to create the necessary awareness of such technologies for acquisition.

Mr Abraham Iddrisu, a consultant for the Urban Sanitation Project, said similar approaches used in rural areas could not be applied to the urban areas because of space and the diverse culture of indigenes living in Tamale.

He said the project aims at ensuring that 215,000 households are provided with latrines in their homes by 2018.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh

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