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2016 National Sanitation Day Exercise

Jan. 4, 2017

In 2014, Ghana recorded its worst cholera outbreak, recording over 17,000 cases with 150 deaths. The last time Ghana suffered such a staggering number of cholera cases was in 1982.<o:p></o:p>

Based on the above, the National Sanitation Day Exercise was instituted by the Ministry as a mechanism for attitudinal change towards sanitation in the country.<o:p></o:p>

On Friday October 17, 2014 the National Sanitation Day was launched at the Trade Fair Site and was chaired by Okyenhene Amoatia Ofori Panin. During the programme the United Nations representative to Ghana Susan Namondo Ndongo in a message described Ghana as one of the 10 worst countries in the World in terms of sanitation.<o:p></o:p>

As a follow up to the launch of the National Sanitation Day a plan was made to carry out clean-up exercise in all the ten Regions of Ghana. Therefore in December 2015 the exercise started in earnest in the Greater Accra Region.<o:p></o:p>

Consequently the first Saturday of every month has been devoted to clean up heaps of waste that have been piled up by the public in gutters, along the streets, marketplaces and other open spaces during the preceding month.<o:p></o:p>

The Regional exercise continued in the Ashanti in January, Northern in February, Volta in March and Eastern in April.<o:p></o:p>

The rest were Upper East in May, Western in June, Central in July, Upper West in August and Brong Ahafo in September 2015 respectively in that order.<o:p></o:p>

During the tour of the ten Regions the Minister and his entourage presented Sanitation Equipment and One Thousand (1,000) dustbins to the various Regional Ministers for onward presentation to Assemblies in their respective Regions.<o:p></o:p>

On the day of the exercise the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, the Regional Minister with support from the various security agencies, the staff of Zoomlion and the staff of the Assemblies turned up in their numbers to clean their various environs and other places of gathering. <o:p></o:p>

During most of the exercises traditional leaders led in the exercise. Markets and shops were closed and vehicular movement came to a halt as traders and drivers participated in the exercise.  While the drivers helped to desilt choked drains, market women scrubbed floors and removed filth from the markets. Turnout in the Regions was very great but that of Upper East was exceptional.<o:p></o:p>

After the Brong Ahafo Regional exercise the National Sanitation Day was decentralized to the Districts with the Ministry supervising work at the various Assemblies. A designated Assembly is selected and visited to participate in the exercise with its residents and as well-educated on proper waste management practices.<o:p></o:p>