The Asutifi North District in Ahafo Region has inaugurated a 13-member District Interagency Coordinating Committee on Sanitation (DICCS) to ensure better sanitary conditions in the district.
The members include Samuel Badu Baiden, District Coordinating Director (Chairman), James Oware, District Environmental Health Officer (Secretary), Prince Ntem, CLTS Focal Person (Member), Mavis Ofosuah Asante, District Information Officer (Member), Felicia Amoah, School Health Education Programme (SHEP) Coordinator (Member), Ata-Era James, District Planning Officer (Member), Peter Duayah of DSWO (Member), Francis Fiifi Yankey of HOW (Member), Sule Abiba of Ghana Health Service (GHS) (Member), Kwasi Abayie Acheampong, BAC (Member), Adusa Yakubu of FIRM (Member), Fosu Emmanuel, National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) (Member) and Yaw Poku of Joponah Waste Management Solutions (Member).
According to the District Chief Executive (DCE), Anthony Mensah, the district, in partnership with World Vision International in Ghana, is rolling out Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programme to provide better sanitation for the residents in the rural communities in the district by the end of 2030.
He said this is part of the implementation of the Asutifi North District Ahonidie Mpontuo (ANAM) initiative, which seeks to ensure universal access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services.
DCE Mensah, therefore, urged all the members of DICCS to work extremely hard by mapping up several strategies to combat poor sanitation, which is gradually becoming a menace in the district.
The Chairman of DICCS, who is also the District Coordinating Director, Samuel Badu Baiden, agreed that when it comes to sanitation matters, the district has a lot to do, and that the committee was ready to work with all agencies to improve on the situation.
He gave the assurance that the Committee would embark on massive education all over to change the mindset of the residents concerning sanitation, as well as liaise with traditional leaders in the district to draw measures to tackle the menace. Samuel Baiden further said, it is time the assembly took a close look at the by-laws on sanitation, and suggested that some must be amended while new ones need to be introduced.
He added that the enforcement of all by-laws on sanitation drafted by the assembly need to be looked at, because already the laws are there, but enforcing them has become a challenge to all.
Cephas Wedam, Project Coordinator for World Vision International, stated that the organisation is to provide good sanitation and hygienic services in 56 communities, 15 schools, and seven healthcare facilities by 2030.
He said this was in response to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 of ensuring universal access to WASH services.
He explained that the World Vision International was committing US$500,000 for good sanitation for the people in the district.
He said open defecation was gradually becoming a menace in the district, so with the introduction of the committee, he believes proper measures would be implemented to combat it.