Residents of Mangu Muguyiri in the Wa Municipality have called on the environmental health and sanitation unit of the Wa Municipal Assembly through their elected Assembly Member Hon. Sakibu Mohammed to provide waste bins at vantage points and to households to help reduce littering of the community with rubbish that has health implications in area.
In an interview with Radio Waa’s Kulah Ngmenlanaa Felix, Mama Alhassan Adisatu, stated that they have made a lot of efforts to keep the area clean including clean- up exercises, but their efforts could not curb the menace hence her suggestion that, the availability of wast bins at vantage points will be of great help.
She added that, residents in the area usually dispose their rubbish anyhow because there is no authorized waste containers or dumping sites to dispose them, adding that, the Assembly should come to their aid with the fight against littering of their surroundings.
Womenin the community also appealed to NGOs to also support the course by way of providing them waste bins and also construct a pit for them to be used as dumping site.
According to them, the poor sanitation situation in Mangu has attracted a lot of bad tags to the community which retards the pace of development including businesses among other.They fear that the outbreak of cholerea may claim a lot of precious lives if nothing is done by this precarious situation.
The community has been one of the communities that also contribute to the increasing cases of open defecation in the Municipality and this has been attributed to the inadequate public toilet facilities in the area as many who cannot have households laterines heavily depend on the few that are distanced.
Abdulai Watarra, a resident of Mangu in an interview with myradiowaa.com said, open defecation will continue to affect the health status of the people especially children in the area if residents continue to indulge themselves in this shameful act.
He added that, whilst residents of the area can avoid open defecation by building household toilets, the government should also come to their aid with a public toilet for those that may not be able afford the household latrines.
However, Hajjia Ramatu, a food vendor in Mangu believes that, they are a lot of people who cannot afford household latrines hence the need for government to still get them public toilet despite the Assembly’s policy that, it will no longer put a public toilet anywhere but rather encourages households laterines.