Cape Coast, Jan.12,
GNA - The Central Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), on Friday declared the
Agona West Municipality as the cleanest in the region.
This was followed by
the Upper Denkyira East Municipal and the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA)
At the bottom of the
table were the Cape Coast Metro, Gomoa Central, Ekumfi and the Assin North
The declaration among
others were made at the 2018 Education and Sanitation Excellence awards
ceremony held in Cape Coast.
The awards are aimed
at rewarding students, schools, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies
(MMDAs) for showing exceptional performances in education, environment and
It was organized by
the RCC with support from UNICEF, Zoomlion Ghana Limited and corporate bodies.
excellence in education and environmental health and sanitation in the Central
Region: A shared responsibility", was the theme for programme.
The awards were given
after 12 months of fierce contest on sanitation and environment sustainability
challenge introduced by the RCC for all MMDAs.
Under the initiative,
Assemblies were charged to adopt innovative and environmentally friendly
policies and show unwavering commitment to improve the sanitation menace to
sustain the environment.
This is geared
towards prioritising and working strategically to improve health through better
water, sanitation and hygiene to prevent outbreak of preventable diseases while
achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
On moves to end the
open defecation, the Ajumako-Eyan-Essiam (AEEDA) topped the region and was
keenly followed by Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa (AOB), Assin South and Gomoa Central
Of the 781
communities, 60 had been declared as open defecation free communities.
Meanwhile, more than
503 communities examined in Cape Coast Metro, Gomoa Central, Ekumfi and Assin
North, were not declared open defecation free.
include the cleanest hospital, Dunkwa-on-Offin Government Hospital; cleanest
basic school, Dokono Nkwanta basic school in the AOB District; while the best
eatery went to Thy Grace Local along the Cape Coast-Accra Highway.
Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) Radio Central and the University of Cape Coast
campuses radio, Atlantic FM (ATL) were also honoured for their dedicated
broadcast on sanitation.
On the traditional
front, the Paramount Chief of Elmina, Nana Kojo Conduah IV, Omanhen of Edina
Traditional Area, Nana Prah Agyensaim VI, Omanhene of Owerenkyiman Traditional
Area, Nana Pray Agyensiam I, Nana Mbrobah Daboah I, Queenmother of Anomabo and
all paramouncies were awarded for tackling sanitation issues well in their
They were given
refuse bins, tricycles, wheelbarrows among other undisclosed items.
Mr Kwamena Duncan,
Regional Minister in his welcoming address, called on assemblies to step up
education on hygiene to curb the open defecation abysmal and encourage good
said, must also support extensive sensitisation campaign on personal hygiene to
solve the problem of cholera and other communicable diseases.
He said assemblies
must in collaboration with traditional authorities, enact effective sanitation
by-laws to promote sound environmental sanitation.
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