Ho, May 29, GNA – Pupils of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Basic School at Ho Fiave have stopped defecating in bushes around the school and into the ‘allele’ stream bordering it.
This follows the construction of a four-unit each water closest toilet facility for both male and female pupils of the school by Edsam Social Network, a sanitation focused non-governmental organization with support from UNICEF.
The toilets have hand-washing facilities and changing rooms for both sexes, transforming the sanitation situation of the school.
About a year ago, pupils and some residents of the community defecated in bushes around the school and used it as a community refuse dump.
Attempts by the Ho Municipal Assembly to use policemen to stop the dumping and defecating around the school failed, compelling pupils to burn rubbish every morning and evening to keep the place a habitable.
Madam Smile Daves, Headmistress of the Primary School, told a team of sanitation experts attending Urban Sanitation Project Review meeting in Ho that, the poor environmental sanitation affected enrolment, which had now picked up from 380 to 500 pupils.
She said the new facility had improved sanitation in the school, the community and enhanced personal hygiene of pupils, saying, ‘my girls no longer skip classes for sanitation related challenges.’
Mr Vincent Darkey-Mensah, Director, Edsam Social Network, said the school was now among the cleanest and most beautiful in the Ho Municipal area and commended the Headmistress for her commitment to improving sanitation in the school.
Mr Samuel Hanson-Galley, Ho Municipal Environmental Officer, said the practice of open defecation was reducing gradually in the Municipality because the concept of household latrines was catching up with the people.
Mr John Kwesi Akorli, Ho Municipal Chief Executive, urged sanitation officers to ‘intensify and diversify’ their ‘triggering’ activities to convince many more people to own household latrines.
By A.B. Kafui Kanyi, GNA