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Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, Central Regional Minister, has declared relentless war against open defecation in the Region, which has only 19 percent of decent household toilets.
She described the deficit as ‘huge’ and tasked Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to support households without toilets with materials to build their own toilets to help curtail the practice which had over the years., become a national canker.
Mrs Assan made the call when she paid a courtesy call on the chiefs and staff of Agona East and West to officially introduce herself as the new Minister for the Region and to solicit their support to transform the Area.
She was unhappy that all efforts by various stakeholders to curtail the menace were yet to yield the desired impact.
The Minister who is determined to achieve open defecation-free status for the region also appealed for the collective involvement of all stakeholders to help stop the menace in the region and the country at large.
Mrs Assan said that the practice does not only spread communicable diseases but was an uncivilized phenomenon, which must not be tolerated in society.
She urged landlords to construct household toilets to support an open defecation-free society.
“The country can not achieve any success if household toilets are not available for tenants”, she said.