Sanitation woes have long plagued the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis, extending from households to markets and principal streets, painting a distressing picture of improper waste management over the years.
In a recent interview on KYZZ FM's late afternoon show with Okyeremaba, Madam Dorcas Quansah, Head of the Waste Management Department of the Takoradi Sub-Metro, candidly acknowledged the prevailing sanitation problem.
She expressed dissatisfaction with the situation, attributing the persistence of the issue to deteriorating human attitudes.
Madam Dorcas lamented that while their envisioned standard of cleanliness isn't fully realized on the ground, they reckon the sanitation situation in the metropolis hovers around 60% acceptable.
Shedding light on contributing human behaviors, she cited deliberate littering by some individuals who rely on Zoomlion's sweeping services.
Additionally, others avoid proper waste disposal due to associated costs, thoughtlessly discarding rubbish into gutters.
Elaborating further, she emphasized the dire consequences of indiscriminate waste disposal.
This practice invites insects into homes and marketplaces, contaminating food items and elevating the risk of diseases like cholera, typhoid, and dysentery.
Moreover, improper waste disposal clogs gutters, causing floods during rains, resulting in property damage and, at times, loss of lives.
To tackle the issue, Madam Dorcas highlighted initiatives undertaken by the assembly, including a contract with Zoomlion to maintain cleanliness in communities like New Takoradi, Takoradi, Amanful, and Mainspain, extending to Airport Ridge.
Additionally, the assembly has dedicated workers overseeing principal streets and marketplaces.
However, she acknowledged a challenge posed by some individuals who collect garbage for a fee but unlawfully dump it in unauthorized areas instead of designated sites.
In a plea to the public, Madam Dorcas urged collective responsibility in waste disposal, emphasizing the need to shun improper waste handling practices.
She emphasized that maintaining a clean environment should be a shared commitment among all residents.
Efforts by the assembly and waste management authorities can only go so far without community-wide support and responsible waste disposal practices.
It's imperative for everyone to play their part in preserving the cleanliness and health of Sekondi-Takoradi for a better, healthier future.