Sanitation in Ghana: An attitudinal problem

"Accra faces waste management crisis" was a headline which appeared on the back cover of the 3rd January 2013 edition of the Daily Graphic, Ghana's premier daily newspaper. I felt sad reading this 'news'. Ghana has been politically independent for 55yrs now but still struggles to keep her environment clean due to indiscipline.

After 55yrs of independence, it is worrying to know that we have not yet found a better way to deal with this situation. I believe our problem with waste management has to do with a lack of commitment to dealing with this problem.

We are in need of many things, and instead of us focusing on one thing at a time we want to tackle all at the same time. If sanitation is such a huge problem and a threat to life as we know it, why not concentrate our efforts on it and make sure we tackle it with all the seriousness it deserves? Do we have to always cry at the top of our voices whenever we have a problem?

As the government is doing its part, Ghanaians, in general, have to show a sense of discipline and resolve to end this emerging cankerworm once and for all. First of all, it is Ghanaians who litter the environment, not the political leaders. It will, therefore, have to take individual Ghanaian discipline to stop littering the environment with all forms of waste which go to choke our drainage systems and cause floods.

Image - Rubbish heap
Ghana loses so much due to poor sanitation caused by gross indiscipline and an
inept management system.
I believe if we resolve to treat our waste and dispose of it at the right places, the number of preventable diseases we record on a yearly basis will also reduce and less or no pressure will be exerted on our meagre resources and the already ailing NHIS.

I also think we have to train enough experts in waste management so as to reap the numerous benefits that come with waste. Some of these include but not limited to biogas and recycling of some materials for industries. Instead of us getting diseases from waste, we can actually get rich from the everyday waste we generate in our homes and industries.

What do you make of the sanitation situation in Ghana? Share your opinion here.

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