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West Mamprusi: Inter-electoral area league table launch to fight open defecation

The Open Defecation-Free (0DF) League Table is a bi-annual WASH technical assessment and ranking of the performance of communities in fighting open defecation and improving general sanitation in the municipality

An inter-electoral league table has been launched in the West Mamprusi Municipality of the North East Region to promote sanitation by fighting open defecation in the municipality.

The league table was launched by the regional environmental health and sanitation agency in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) under the WASH project to end open defecation by December 2025.

All the 31 electoral area assembly members in the municipality including some chiefs congregated at the assembly hall in Walewale, the municipal capital for the unveiling of the inter-electoral area league table.

The purpose of the league table is to fight open defecation and also to ensure effective delivery and improvement in the sanitation of the communities in the municipality.

The assembly together with development partners pledged to end open defecation in all 31 electoral areas in the municipality by the end of 2025.

The Open Defecation-Free (0DF) League Table is a bi-annual WASH technical assessment and ranking of the performance of communities in fighting open defecation and improving general sanitation in the municipality.

The league table launching is in line with the recommendation of the rural sanitation model strategy policy document in 2011.

Speaking to the media after the launch, the North East regional environmental health and sanitation agency director, Osman Alabira reiterated that it is not a competition among the electoral areas but to serve as a morale booster for other electoral areas to emulate.

“We are doing this to move communities with open defecation to open defecation free. It is not a competition, even though you see it as a competition but it is going to serve as a morale booster for other electoral areas.

“If you are doing well, you have to work hard to continue to be on top, and if you want to be on top like the others, you have to work harder,” he said.

The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) WASH project manager, Chimbar Tom Laari who represented the CRS country director, stressed that they have, for the past five years, helped the West Mamprusi municipality with numerous institutional facilities to promote sanitation.

“For the past five years, CRS has worked with the municipal assembly, Ghana education service and Ghana health service to construct 128 institutional latrines in schools and healthcare facilities, to promote sanitation.

“We have also constructed 14 bathrooms, 13 incinerators in healthcare facilities to promote Infection Prevention Control (IPC), and we have constructed 37 boreholes, one limited mechanized system and the one pump extension in the municipality,” Chimbar Tom Laari said.

At the launch of the league table, 10 electoral area communities were adjudged as open defecation-free communities on the table with a green line.

These electoral areas include; Daboya, Bugya, Diani, Mimima, Kukua/Loagri, Fungu, Kurugu, Guabuliga, Kperiga, and Duu electoral area.

Dokurugu Alhassan

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