Health News of Sunday, 21 October 2012

Source: GNA

National Sanitation taskforce inaugurated at Agona Swedru

A 150 member newly recruited Zoomlion Ghana national sanitation taskforce for the Agona West Municipal and East district has been inaugurated to ensure absolute environmental cleanliness.

The inauguration coincided with a four-hour massive clean-up exercise assisted by Zoomlion staff from Gomoa East District to clean vantage points of Agona Swedru on Saturday.

Speaking to the Press after the prgramme, Mr. John Sackey, Central Regional Manager of Zoomlion Ghana Limited said the inauguration of the taskforce was in line with the Policy Statement by President John Dramani Mahama in Parliament recently to improve the sanitation situation in the country.

He said similar task forces have been inaugurated in all the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to reduce filth within three months.

The Regional Manager said the President’s directive enabled Zoomlion Ghana to recruit 500, 100 and 50 staffs from Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts respectively to augment the existing staff of the company.

Mr. Sackey said education would be the top priority of Zoomlion Ghana to raise awareness about the indiscriminate dumping of waste into gutters and unauthorized places.

The Regional Manager said the clean up exercise was simultaneously done in Ajumako-Enyan Essiam, Asikuma-Odoben–Brakwa districts and Mfantseman Municipality.

Mr. Francis Asirifi, Agona West Municipal Environmental Health Director said sanitation should be everybody’s concern.

He said environmental sanitation officers have been deployed into the Municipality to arrest and prosecute people who dump human and liquid wastes indiscriminately in their soundings.

He said 25 people have been fined GHC60 each by the Agona Swedru magistrates’ Court between January and September, 2012.

Mr. Christian Ocran, Agona West and East District Manager of Zoomlion Ghana hoped that the inauguration of the sanitation taskforce in the two districts would help improve sanitation.