Some residents of Nkwanta South Municipality of the Volta Region have begun setting up makeshift toilet facilities to combat open defecation.
This is after sensitization by a Non-Governmental Organization, World Vision.
After the support received from the NGO, community members feel they are better placed to deal with the shame and health problems that came with living in unhygienic conditions.
Speaking to Citi News, residents of some of the beneficiary communities recounted how embarrassing it was seeing their communities in such conditions.
“I am happy things have changed in my town. I grew up here and we didn’t have latrines and we could ease ourselves anywhere. But now we have been declared open defecation free,” another resident said.
Residents lamented that apart from not being able to invite friends to their communities, the situation made them vulnerable to diseases like cholera and typhoid.
The communities, Citi News gathered, were earlier practicing open defecation with traces of human excreta visible around them.
According to the Cluster Manager for Nkwanta- Kadjebi Operational Areas of the World Vision, Madam Salomey Yeboah, the intervention has resulted in about 24 communities undergoing orientation on environmental sanitation, and adopted for an integrated development that improved their livelihoods.
The Municipal Chief Executive, John Thasun, in an interview with Citi News commended World Vision for their efforts in supporting the government to meet the objectives of having open defecation free communities.
The team visited communities in the Nkwanta and Kadjebi Districts including Pampa, Fankyenikor, Obanda, Dompa, and Dika.
By: King Nobert Akpablie/citinewsroom.com/Ghana