From Isaac Akwetey-Okunor
Koforidua, the Eastern regional capital is virtually engulfed by filth amidst choked gutters with their corresponding disgusting stench.
Despite the introduction of the National Sanitation Day some years ago, it seems it is yet to have any impact on the sanitation problems confronting capital city, and the region in general.
Acknowledging the situation, Mr. Francis Sarfo, Municipal Environmental Health Officer, in an interview with the Eastern File, said the Assembly organised a clean-up exercise just last week, and recommended that it be done continuously to ensure the whole city is clean and without any filth.
According to him, the bad attitude of most people, who indiscriminately dump refuse in gutters, is a major cause of most flooding in the regional capital, since running water finds it difficult to easily flow under such circumstances.
“Koforidua, being an old town, not much development has been done in relation to the expansion of the gutters that can contain the heavy flow of water when it rains. But, people indiscriminately throw rubbish into these small gutters when they realise there is no monitoring.”
Some people sometimes throw the refuse indiscriminately when it starts to rain, hoping the running water will carry away the refuse. They are oblivious of the fact that the refuse will choke the gutters somewhere, which can cause flooding there.”
He said, in anticipation to the rainy season, desilting of gutters has begun in the capital to avoid the recurrence of flooding this year, since the New Juaben Municipality is well known for heavy rain, which leads to flooding when the rainy season sets in.
The New Juaben Environmental Health and Sanitation Department is making all efforts to avert any flooding case this year, hence it collaborating with the National Disaster and Management Organisation.
He also charged the people to be watchdogs in ensuring that we monitor others, especially the night vendors, who are culprits of dumping garbage in gutters, because his officers are not around to check them.