One out of five Ghanaians practice open defecation- Study

| Updated Nov 21, 2017 at 4:38pm



Available statistics show that one out of every five Ghanaians has no access to a toilet and defecates in the open.

As a result, about four thousand [4,000] children die each year from Diarrhoea and Pneumonia because five million Ghanaians still use water from unsafe sources.

The Chairman of the Rotary Ghana Water and Sanitation Project Host Committee, Arko Odotei made this known at the inauguration of an institutional latrine for the Presbyterian Primary School at Mfranor in the Ayensuano District of the Eastern Region to World Toilet Day.

These alarming figures, he said, can be reduced if water and sanitation are improved in Ghana.

Mr. Odotei entreated Ghanaians to focus on building latrines in their homes rather than relying on public places of convenience in communities since the situation leads to the high increase in open defecation.

For his part, the Representative of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), George Opoku Agyemang, said schools, clinics and lorry stations will be provided with toilets and latrines by the agency.

He asked for more education on the need to have proper toilet and hand washing facilities in homes.

Mr. Agyemang urged both teachers and pupils of the school to take good care of the facility by adopting proper maintenance culture.

A representative of USAID, appealed to parents to build toilet facilities at home, since they will not be allowed to use what has been provided for the school.

She thanked Rotary International for the kind gesture and hoped other deprived communities will also benefit.

The Headmaster of the school, Alexander Opoku Acheampong, thanked Rotary International for the donation and promised to put the facility into good use.

The World Toilet Day, which fell on Sunday 19th November, is marked each year to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis facing nations.