Obogu (Ash), Jan. 30, GNA – Obogu, a sprawling community in the Asante-Akim South District is facing a looming threat of an epidemic outbreak as the environmental sanitation in the area worsens.

A 20-seater water-closet toilet built for the community by the Member of Parliament, Mrs Gifty Ohene-Konadu, had become dysfunctional, and this has forced the people to defecate in the open and close to houses.

The facility developed a problem with the flushing system barely a year after its inauguration, leading to its closure to the public about three years ago.

Mr Kwaku Asante, the assembly member for Obogu West, said all efforts to stop the people from the unhealthy practice had so far been unsuccessful and that they were, however, doing everything to get the problem fixed.

The district assembly, he said, has made provision for its repair in its 2012 budget.

Some residents, who spoke to the GNA, expressed concern about the unhealthy situation and appealed to the assembly to act quickly to address the problem.

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