Health Hazard: Dumping Site Poses Danger To Residents Of Yaw-Adipa

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The lives of residents of Fotobi, Akwane Doblo, Asi Yaw, Adipa Ashresu and Yaw Nyarko Krome in the Yaw Adipa-Asi Yaw Electoral Area in the Nsawam-Adoagiri Municipality of the Eastern Region are at risk of environmental health problems as a result of the overflowing landfill site at Adipa.

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The dumping site has become an environmental nightmare and a threat to the health of the people in those communities as garbage is scattered on the large square metre dump site with flies hovering around the community coupled with the constant smoke and stench from the garbage.

Speaking in an interview with Ghanaian Voice at Adipa, an elder of the Aduana clan and caretaker of the Silver Shells International School, Charles Afari, was displeased with the location of the dumping site within the community.

This he said is a recipe for the outbreak of communicate diseases including cholera and other health issues. He therefore called on the Nsawam-Adoagiri Municipal Assembly to act swiftly to avert any unforeseen health implications.

Narrating the story, he said the school was already in operation when Waste Land Fills begun using the place as a dump site.

According to Mr. Afari, due to the overflowing nature of the landfill site near the school, parents are compelled to withdrew their wards leading to the near collapse of the school.

He stated that the location of the dumping site has reduced the quality of air they breathe, adding that with the onset of the rains the community is at risk of unforeseen communicable diseases like cholera, tuberculosis, malaria among others.

Mr. Afari stated that they have reported the issue to the Nsawam-Adoagiri Municipal Assembly promising them that it is going to shut the site down to enable them to put measures in place to improve conditions yet nothing has been done about the situation.

Residents who spoke to Ghanaian Voice on separate locations expressed grave concern over the environmental consequences as the leachate gives a foul smell.

Other residents of the area have however threatened to embark on a demonstration if the dump site is not closed down by the city authorities adding that they will prevent refuse trucks from dumping waste at the site.

The Assembly Member for the area, Joseph Yaw Kunnor, told the Ghanaian Voice he has raised the issue on several occasions during their Assembly meetings but the Assembly has failed to come to their aid.

He stated that he has also contacted Waste Land Fills Limited, mangers of the dumping site to fumigate the place every fortnight to avoid any environmental danger to the residents but they’ve also refused to oblige.

Mr. Kunnor therefore called on the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources and the Nsawam-Adoagiri Municipal Assembly to as a matter of urgency close the dumping site to avoid the spread of diseases in the community.

By: Paul Mamattah

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