For the fourth consecutive time, the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TaMA) in the Northern region has been placed at the bottom of the annual Inter-District Open Defecation Free (ODF) League Table.
The ranking, which assesses Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) on open defecation, is aimed at ensuring a positive competition among the MMDAs in the fight against open defecation. It is also intended to encourage MMDAs to implement Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).
In the 2018 ranking, Mion District was adjudged the best district in open defecation, followed by Tatali Sanguli District. East Mamprusi, Gushegu and Chereponi placed 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively.
Addressing a cross section of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCES) at the launch of this year’s league table, the Northern regional Minster Salifu Saeed, said improving sanitation and ending open defecation was an important ingredient in the development of the region.
“Absence of improved sanitation results in loss of lives. It behooves on all of us to consciously see what we can do to ensure that we have open defecation free. When we do that definitely the little monies we would have been using to attend to hospital will be reserved and used in other alternative areas which will either consciously or unconsciously fight the poverty that all of us are languishing in this part of the country,” he said.
The Northern region ranks second in open defecation in the country, with seven out of ten residents engaging in the act.
Mr Saeed said the region had made tremendous improvement in the fight against open defecation since the last ranking a year ago. H said household toilet coverage had also increased to 28% from 15% last year.
“For instance we have increased the number of open defecation free communities from 931 to 1,274 that is an increase of 30%. All our MMDAS now have at least one ODF community,” he added.
By: Fatahiya Mohammed, Radiotamale.com