The municipal assembly of Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem is encouraging its inhabitants, especially women, to only marry a man who has a toilet facility in his house.
According to the assembly’s municipal sanitation officer Alex Damptey, this move, if adhered to, will help deal with the alarming rate of open defecation in the area generated from the fact that many homes in the municipality are without toilets.
This new campaign was made known during a Stakeholders forum at the Assembly’s premises at Elmina in the Central Region aimed at addressing open defecation especially along the beaches.
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Mr. Damptey is of the view that the drastic measure will help deal with the menace if it rides on the back of marriage – almost every man wants to get married. If every man were to be given the precondition of having a toilet facility before marriage, there will be at least one in every house in a few years.
Landlords, he added will also be pressurised to make provisions in their homes as failure to do so will make potential grooms to boycott their premises for homes with toilet facilities.
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He also explained that the effects of open defecation transcends health problems as even it demotivates tourisms from visiting the tourists sites in the area especially the Elmina castle resulting in loss of revenue.
Already, 14 people have been fined Ghc400 each by the Elmina Circuit court for engaging in open defecation at the beaches.