Mr Henry Noi Nortey, a former lecturer of Public Health at the Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology (KNUST), has appealed to Metropolitan, Municipal, District Assemblies (MMDAs) to improve environmental sanitation.

He said improved sanitation would help the MMDAs to create wealth to support other areas.

Mr Nortey said this at the third Quadrennial Delegate Congress of Ghana Environmental Health Officers Association in Accra.

He expressed regret that sanitation for health had failed the nation, adding that, ?we need to improve our strategies to enable us expedite progress towards wealth creation efforts in the country?.

He said legal and regulation framework should be firmly enforced to ensure compliance and acceptable behaviour from all sections of communities whether low income or high income.

Mr Nortey, who is also a former lecturer of Public Health at University of Ghana Medical School, suggested that the MMDAs should review their bye-laws to bring the penalties to conform to modern day realities.

?You want to enjoy the high standard toilet facilities but you don?t want to pay and called for pragmatic steps to deal with it? he said.

Mr Kawaka Quansah of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) said poor development planning, inadequate funding for logistics, infrastructure and landfills, negative public attitude towards sanitation, and more especially ineffective coordination of sanitation delivery agencies at the regional and district levels.

?For the country to speed up its rate of progress and crate the required wealth through environmental sanitation, there is the need for the MMDAs to focus on development and implementation of efficient household sanitation systems?, he said.

He said improvement of sanitation in public institutions, especially in schools and promotion of safe hygiene practices, as well as education and outreach focused on children, as agents of behavioural change must be implemented.

Mr Quansah said promotion of affordable and socially and culturally acceptable technologies and practice, development of innovative financing and partnership mechanism by all MMDAs are some of the strategies.

?Integration of sanitation into water resources management strategies in a manner which does not have negative impact on the environment and maintaining the clear link with disease prevention and reduction are some of strategies when applied will help the MMDASs?, he added.

Dr Bod Ofei Manteaw, Director of Research of Zoomlion, said with rapid urbanisation and the growth of population in cities the volume of waste generated continued to grow.

He said the character of waste generated had also become complex as people?s consumption choices continue to change and such changes reflected directly on the types and character of waste generated. GNA

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