Shape Attitude Ghana on radio talk
The Director of Shape Attitude project, Mr Wonderful Baisie Ghartey, has made an appeal to the Winneba community to embrace the new system of house to house refuse collection that has been introduced by the Municipal Assembly. He, however, stressed that there was the need for education on the system, especially on hygienic way of handling the rubbish containers and safe placement. The appeal was made during a weekly radio talk at the Radio Peace FM Station in Winneba on Tuesday, 10 November 2015.
Mr Ghartey joined Ms Anna Obir-Bonney, a Health Promotion Officer, from the Ghana Health Service on the radio programme hosted by Ms Ama Nyarkoa. Ms Hetty Tenkorang Boadi also a Health Promotion Officer and Ms Anna Obir-Bonney are regular guests to the programme and often invite Shape Attitude Ghana to join in the talk.
The community was reminded of the negatives attitudes and practices of indiscriminate littering and dumping of refuse and open defecation and unless we changed our old ways and respect the environment we will continue to be afflicted with avoidable diseases. It was pointed out at the talk that the practice of dumping refuse and faeces in the gutters when there is rain cloud has serious repercussions. If the rain does not come as expected to wash away the refuse and faeces, they end up producing bad smell which contains poisonous gases and filth which are all not healthy to humans. The refuse in the gutters also contribute largely to chocked gutters resulting in floods and stagnant waters which breed mosquitoes. What is washed into the sea destabilises the ecosystem along the beaches and indeed the fishing grounds and ultimately affect economic activities of the fisher folks.
The high cost of poor sanitary conditions weigh negatively on provision of infrastructure and development projects for the communities. In this regard, the communities were advised to change their attitude and practices in ensuring good sanitary conditions that can promote development.
The Radio Peace Station Head, Mr Kwesi Wi Ghartey-Tagoe, has graciously provided free air time for the weekly programme.