Cholera Agents Exposed

AT A time when the Accra Mayor, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije and his gallant sanitation taskforce are battling filth to prevent the continuous outbreak of cholera and other communicable diseases, certain private individuals in the name of exporting plastic products are thwarting their effort. These individuals are doing their private businesses at the expense of innocent residents living at Duade Avenue, Kokomlemle close to the Methodist Church area in the Greater Accra region. Due to the nature of the plastic and metal products which always contain water and other liquid waste products, the tendency of breeding mosquitoes is great in addition to keeping the refuse there for a long time. The business is such that operators are mainly foreigners normally Burkinabe’s and Niger nationals (Gawo people) who collect these products for export, however, they fail to follow the common health and sanitation requirements, therefore, impact negatively on the health of residents. A visit by DAILY HERITAGE to the area yesterday discovered heap of both plastic and metal wastes of all kinds dumped at the place for several months breeding mosquitoes and all kinds of flies. In an interview with the manager of the area, Ali Wadrago said their stay at the place has been sanctioned by officials of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), adding that they always pay their taxes. On the issue of whether their activities have been condemned by the public, he said “though we have been receiving complaints about our continuous operation in the area, we are very cautious of not causing harm to residents.” Mr. Wadrago stated that “officials of AMA visited our site about four days ago and was certified with our operation and safety measures in place,” but quickly added that, “it’s just that residents don’t want our stay there.” However, a resident said due to the congested nature of the heap of waste products, it has flooded the area with mosquitoes and other flies at a time where the city is battling the outbreak of cholera. They are, therefore, calling on officials of AMA to as a matter of urgency evacuate them from the area before any outbreak of disease.