The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has organized a training of trainers’ workshop for District Environmental Health Officers (DEHOs) of the Public Health Department ahead of the Electoral Area Sanitation Challenge yet to be launched.
The purpose of the workshop was to equip the officers with information on thematic areas, criteria and parameters to be used during the Challenge.
The Officers numbering about 30 were taken through topics such as evidence of indiscriminate dumping , open burning of waste , open defecation , littering of streets ,public places and sanitary conditions in school compounds , cleanliness and maintenance of drains by occupants of premises , discharge of effluent into drains , overgrown weeds , noise pollution ,offensive odour in community, greening of open spaces , planting of trees as well as evidence of waste segregation programs in schools and communities.
Other topics treated are provision of solid waste storage facilities and toilet facilities in households, evidence of subscriptions to service of authorized waste collectors by all premises ,personal hygiene of food handlers, health certificates, food protection ,structural and sanitary conditions of eateries ,presence of stray animals ,unauthorised rearing of livestock , community waste projects , clean up campaigns ,as well as public awareness and educational programs.
Participants were also taken through the concept, objectives, monitoring strategy and scoring process for the challenge.
Addressing participants Head of Waste Management Department at AMA, Engineer Solomon Noi , said the AMA had adopted a three prong approach which are , the provision of service and logistics , education and enforcement as well as community engagement to deal with sanitation menace.
He urged all residents and commuters in the city to be responsible towards the environment, obey the bye laws and support the AMA to achieve a clean city.
Head of Public Health, Madam Florence Kuukyi , was hopeful the challenge when launched would go a long way to help address the sanitation menace in the city.