Binduri District improves on open defecation

Binduri (UE), The Binduri District has improved upon its quest to end Open Defecation this year as 20 out of 21 communities passed the Open Defecation Free (OPD) exercise in the first six months of the year.

The communities that passed the exercise are Aporinzua, Azumsapeliga -Upper, Atuba-Mognpri, Tambiigu No. 2, Nafkoliga, Sakpari, Asaliga-Zaa, Ninsako, and Poayamire .

The others are Yarigungu-Asinku-Akuned, Wispeogo, Avoasi, Widan-Bugre, Azumsapeliga-Lower, Agoldabod, Barabogo-Tengbeogo, Yaligu-Mognori, Kulok-Awago, Tansia-Zeogo, Tefauk-Sakpari, and Bulugu.

The Koluk-Natinga community could not qualify due to lack of team work and poor leadership.

Mr Charles Yinbil Awuni, the District Environmental Officer, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the aim of the ODF exercise was to ensure that all communities within the Binduri District had private toilets in every house, so that there would not be the need to defecate indiscriminately.

For a community to pass, all the houses must not only have toilets but also ashes or soap to wash one’s hands after visiting the toilet, he said.

He said the ultimate purpose of the exercise was to prevent sanitation related diseases such as Cholera and Malaria.

He enumerated the advantages of having a toilet in the house and said despite those advantages, many of the people did not want to accept the concept until they were convinced that it would help reduce diarrhea diseases and malaria.

Other challenges in the communities were lack of team spirit and leaders not respected by the youth.

The exercise is being sponsored by the United Nation International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

He appealed to all Environmental Sanitation Officers to take the exercise seriously so that open defecation would end.

He said government alone could not solve the sanitation problems and urged every individual to make his or her home clean.

Source: Ghana News Agency