Public Agenda (Accra)

28 January 2013

Ghana: Poor Sanitation Renders Takoradi Market a Death Trap

The Takoradi Market circle has now become a death trap because of poor nature of waste disposal systems, drainage set-ups and amenities, hence a serious public health concern.

Madam Helena Andoh, Leader of the Takoradi Market Queens' Association, who made the observation, has therefore urged authorities of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) to help improve sanitation situation at the Takoradi Market Circle.

She said a large proportion of the waste generated in the market was from materials used in packaging items food products such as jute and nylon sacks. She pointed out that some traders have no stalls and usually display their wares on the bare ground.

Madam Andoh observed that refuse was left to heap for several days before it was cleared. She accordingly called on the authorities to collaborate with stakeholders to restructure the market and ensure efficient ways of collecting garbage from the market.

The market circle, according to her, has been saddled with serious solid waste problem which leads to waste-clogged drains and stinking gutters, threatening public health and the environment.

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