CONIWAS calls for the creation of a National Sanitation Authority

The walk was part of activities marking Sanitation Week to raise awareness of WASH issues across the country. It was organized by CONIWAS in collaboration with the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GKMA SWP) with the support of UNICEF.

The Coalition of Water and Sanitation Non-Governmental Organizations (CONIWAS) has reiterated its call on the government to establish the National Sanitation Authority to help sanitize the sector and promote good sanitation.

While commending the government for its efforts to provide safe drinking water in the country, the same cannot be said for sanitation in general.

“Despite challenges related to water quality, inequalities and geographical disparities, almost 87.7% of the Ghanaian population has access to safe drinking water,” he said.

The coalition thus reiterated its call on the government to establish the National Sanitation Authority with the National Sanitation Fund.

“This was a key government policy prescription announced by the President on November 13, 2017. is regrettable, we are very confident that the government is doing everything possible to ensure that the authority and the fund are established,” he said.

Environmental sanitation

Speaking at an awareness march in Kumasi, CONIWAS President Yaw Attah Arhin, however, observed that the same could not be said for environmental sanitation.

He said that according to the latest Population and Housing Census (PHC 2021), “only 25.3% of the population of Ghana has access to improved basic sanitation. Almost 18% (17.7%) of the population practice open defecation.

According to him, good sanitation “has done more to increase human lifespan than any type of medicine or surgery”.

He said that water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) were catalysts for poverty reduction and a catalyst for growth and socio-economic development.

Solid Waste Disposal

He said Ghana generates nearly eight million tons of waste annually, including about two million plastics.

“Unfortunately, only up to 70% of municipal solid waste is collected, while less than two percent (2%) of plastic waste is recycled.

“The consequences are real, population, flooding, destruction of property, disease and preventable death,” he said.

Recommendation

As part of the solutions to improve the sanitation of the environment in the country and also improve the well-being of the populations, the coalition has called on the government to review and implement the national sanitation campaign launched on November 13 2017 by the President with a commitment to transform liquid and solid waste management in the country.

Mr. Arhin also called for strict observance and enforcement of the building code and by-laws drawn up by the district assemblies to ensure that every building, including households, educational institutions, health institutions, commercial buildings, truck parks, markets, recreational facilities toilets in them.

Sanitation Week

The walk was part of activities marking Sanitation Week to raise awareness of WASH issues across the country.

It was organized by CONIWAS in collaboration with the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GKMA SWP) with the support of UNICEF.

This year’s celebration is under the theme: “Pursuing political prioritization and behavior change for sustainable WASH services”.

Also present were the municipal chief executives of Ejisu, Old Tafo and Oforikrom.

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