The Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit has the aim of developing and maintaining a clean, safe and pleasant environment in order to promote the well-being of the populace. A number of activities and services are rendered in order to achieve this aim.
A. SERVICES RENDERED
The services rendered are provided with the following objectives:
1. To make the Municipality a pleasant place for all to live in
Services rendered include
- Dislodging of septic tanks of the inhabitants or populace
- Cleaning and cleansing of thorough fares, markets and other public spaces
- Collection and sanitary disposal of solid and liquid waste
- Control of rearing and straying of animals
- Enforcement of existing bye-laws and relevant laws
- Control of pests and vectors of diseases
- Disposal of the dead
2. Delivery of high quality WASH services to our citizens
- Offering technical advice on WASH facilities eg. Construction of household latrines, bathhouses etc. WASH deals with issues concerned with water, sanitation and hygiene.
- Receipt of sanitation related complains and giving prompt response
- Screening and certification of food and drink vendors
- Carrying out suitability inspections for facilities
3. To be a trusted partner
- Follow up on reported cases
B. ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN THE LAST THREE YEARS
1. CLTS (Community Led Total Sanitation) supported by SNV
- With this project communities are triggered and urged to take charge over their own sanitation issues.
- Community members are also guided to construct affordable and decent household latrines using local materials.
- Artisans were trained on the construction of household latrines.
PICTURES OF CLTS ACTIVITIE
2. Screening and certification of food vendors
- Food and drinks sellers were screened to prevent communicable disease
- Laboratory technicians were sent to selected communities to screen food and drink vendors
3. World Toilet Day Celebration
- The Unit with the support of the Assembly and other NGO’s such as SNV have organized world toilet day celebrations over the past three years.
- It is usually held every 19th of November under various themes
- The day is usually characterized by a durbar to enlighten participants on the importance of owning household latrines as well the theme chosen for the year.
- During the occasion various stakeholders such as Assembly members, teachers and students, other community members
Community members sharing their experiences on the benefits of the CLTS programme with others
4. STAKEHOLDERS FORUM
- The Unit organized a stakeholder’s forum where various stakeholders such as traditional leaders, Assembly members, landlords among others were gathered in order to come up with ways and means of dealing with the open defaecation menace.
PICTURES OF THE STAKEHOLDERS FORUM
C. ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT AND FUTURE ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS
1. Premises Inspection
- Food eatery premises
2. Food, drug and water safety
- Inspection and recording of food preparation premises
- Recording and inspection of vending sites
- Screening of food/drink vendors
- Inspection of animals slaughtered
3. Public Health Law Enforcement
- Drafting of bye-laws for gazetting
- Prosecution of sanitary offenders
4. Environmental Sanitation Education
- Radio discussions
- House to house
- During various Fora
D. INFORMATION ABOUT HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
Name: Alex Kwame Damptey
Date of Birth: 19th October, 1958
- Sc. Water and Sanitation, UCC
- Certificate in Rural Health
Upper East Region-Bolgatanga - Environmental Health Assistant
Asikuma Odoben District Assembly - Environmental Health Assistant
Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly - Environmental Health Unit
Cape Coast District Hospital - House keeper
Regional Coordinating Council - Environmental Health Department
Upper Denkyira East Municipal Assembly - Municipal Environmental Health Officer
Upper Denkyira West District Assembly - Municipal Environmental Health Officer
Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly - Head of solid waste management
Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem Municipal - Municipal Environmental Health Officer