National Sanitation Day Exercise Records Low Patronage

National Sanitation Day Exercise Records Low Patronage

The National Sanitation Day exercise appears to be recording low patronage month-after-month.

The National Sanitation Day is a voluntary clean-up exercise for all Ghanaian residents in an effort to reduce unsanitary conditions that breed diseases and causes injuries.

But the exercise which started in November 2014 has seen a rather significant drop in the number of people who take part the exercise which is undertaken on the first Saturday of every month.

According to a Joy News report residents in the various communities across the country are losing interest in the exercise.

In Nima, a suburb in Accra for instance; some of the residents complained that when they clean the gutters the rubbish is left on the shoulders of the streets which eventually enter the gutters again.

There is therefore no incentive to continue cleaning the gutters, they pointed out.

But Local Government expert George Kyei Baffuor expressed little surprise about the decrease in patronage.

According to him the programme is only going to be successful if it is a stop gap measure and not something that must be done continuously.

The National Sanitation Day was first declared on November 1st, 2014 by the Government of Ghana in response to the 2014 Ghanaian cholera outbreak.

A bill has recently been sent to parliament by the ministry, the bill if approved will give legal backing to the NSD program allowing it to prosecute individuals who refuse to take part in the program.



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