An Environmental Health Analyst at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Florence Kuukyi is making a clarion call on policymakers to help resource Environmental Health Officers in executing their mandate as best as possible.
The analyst has explained that in the quest to undertake a duty like stray – animal arrest, environmental health officers are seen to lack the necessary logistics.
“When you want to carry out stray animal arrest, you’ll need a vehicle to be able to arrest the animals and put them in those vehicles. You don’t have the means – how do you carry out the stray animal arrest?
“If the Environmental Health Officer is resourced, a lot of things are going to be cut short in the country and some monies that we keep pumping into areas, we’ll use it for developmental issues. So we’re just pleading with the policymakers, our employers that our work is necessary, that is why we are there. So they should resource us for us to work. We are yearning to work. We are yearning to make the city clean,” she said.
Speaking on JoyNews’ AM show, Madam Kuukyi also noted that government’s national tree planting project would yield no plausible result should animals move about without control.
According to her, these animals would destroy the seedlings, hence the need to equip environmental health officers with the necessary logistics to protect the environment.
She advised that Environmental Health Officers should be seen as all other service providers and also be given equal importance.
Meanwhile, Miss Kuukyi has also recommended that all landlords and individual house owners should try as much as possible to build places of convenience in their houses in order to prevent environmental hazards.
“Everybody should try and get a toilet facility in their houses. We know that toilet is dignity. If you have toilet, you are dignified…. It is a mandate for every landlord to have a toilet facility. So they should do that,” she said.
According to her, heeding this directive would help resolve issues concerning open – defecation and subsequently eradicate communicable diseases such as diarrhoea, typhoid and dysentery, as well as cholera.
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