The people of Elmina in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem District of the Central Region (KEEA) have made a distress plea to government to provide more toilet facilities for coastal dwellers. Such a move, they argued, would not only reduce the spread of diseases in fishing communities but ultimately help areas such as Elmina increase their revenue from tourism.
The spokesperson for a youth group Elmina, Eric Andoh explained that the least said about toilet facilities in the area the better as even the few ones around are “so poor that you can’t even enter let alone use them.” He added that such pressing situations have caused most of the people to resort to defecating on the beaches.
[...] Meanwhile Zoomlion Company Limited has appealed to the people to collaborate with the outfit in ensuring proper sanitation in the district. Mrs.Rhoda Donkor, Central Regional Coordinator of the waste management company [remarked]: “When we continue defecating on our beaches, gutters and any open space, tourists would not be encouraged to visit these filthy places thereby preventing the nation from getting its revenue from tourism. Let’s all help keep our surroundings clean by refraining from littering and defecating in gutters and along our beaches as these culminate in increasing the spread of diseases in our country.”
Source: Kwaku Baah- Acheamfour, Public Agenda / allAfrica.com, 16 Feb 2009