Dodi Papase pupils march against open defecation

By Samuel Akumatey, GNA   

Dodi Papase (V/R), Jan. 25, GNA – Hundreds of
basic school pupils in Dodi Papase in the Kadjebi District of the Volta Region
have taken the campaign against open defecation to the streets of the farming
community with a route-march through the town.

The pupils, drawn from five basic schools,
chanted; “Stop Open Defecation,” and “No more shitting in the
bush” as they marched with placards to register their disgust over open
defecation in the community.

The event was part of UNICEF’S Open Defecation
Free social norms campaign being implemented by “Multiple Concept,” an anti ODF
Team, which is touring selected schools in Community Led Total Sanitation
(CLTS) implementing districts, activating natural leaders, sanitation
ambassadors, and communities.

Mrs Aba Degraft Johnson, the Campaign Team
Lead, spoke about health implications of open defecation and charged the pupils
to become “sharp” children and take up the responsibilities of
ensuring strict hygiene.

Some of the pupils complained of defecation in
their classrooms by unidentified persons in the community and lamented of the
lack of decent toilet facilities in the schools.

Madam Saviour Kumahor, the Kadjebi District
Environmental Health Officer, said school latrines had come under pressure from
members of the community for the lack of household toilets.

She, therefore, appealed to homeowners to set
their priorities right and build household latrines and reminded them of the
local Assembly’s June 2019 deadline for all households to own toilets or face
sanctions.

The Kadjebi District, with over 13,000
households, has 30 per cent latrine coverage and 62 per cent coverage in CLTS
communities.

A total of 66 out of the 134 communities in
the District have been declared Open Defecation Free, with a 62 per cent toilet
coverage in CLTS implementing districts.

GNA

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