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MCODe launches open defecation free manifesto

Media Coalition against Open Defecation (M-CODe) in collaboration with World Vision Ghana and Kings hall Media has launched an open defecation free manifesto to demand from policy makers a clear road map to end open defecation in Ghana within the Coronavirus (COVID-19) period.

It also set out, to help political parties and governments to formulate innovative policies that can work to end open defecation in the country and serve as a guide for the coalition’s advocacy activities.

Launching the manifesto, the Convener for the Coalition, Emmanuel Addai said the demand when respected and implemented by the government would put the country on the path of ending open defecation.

“Making these demands a key guide tour advocacy interventions, will put the country on the path to ending open defecation and my outfit is worried about the fact that all over the country, one common high-risk human behavior is prevalent in majority of communities and in every region there’s open defecation.

“It will take a strong political will to confront the challenge of open defecation and that political parties, who in fact form governments, brought strongly into the picture when sharing ideas for a fight against open defecation and the 2017/2018 multiple indicator cluster survey report by the Ghana Statistical Service has stated  that, onlyone out of every Ghanaian uses an improved household toilet.

“The same report reveals that 22 per cent of the population practices open defecation for several reasons including the lack of decent household and institutional toilet and  in the wake of the pandemic the country should not lose sight of the fact that she has other health related conditions they had to battle with like diarrhea, cholera especially as the nation is in the rainy season,” Mr Addai noted..

Additionally, he explained thatthe coalition deemed it necessary for major stakeholders, especially political parties, to capture the demands in their advocacy strategies and party manifestos, which could help to massively improve sanitation in the country, especially in reducing open defecation, and access to decent toilet in households, institutions and public places.

Mr Yaw Atta Arhin, Wash Technical Coordinator, World Vision International, Ghana, in his welcome address, called on thegovernment to step up its game to end open defecation since the nation could not afford to leave its guard down as she was battling with an epidemic.

BY BENEDICTA GYIMAAH FOLLEY

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