The lives of over four thousands (4000) residents in Meduma, the farming community in the Adansi Fomena North Constituency of the Ashanti Region are in danger as they defecate in the bushes, Soireenews.com can report.
The situation, this paper gathered, puts the residents at the risk of being attacked by wild animals and/or bitten by dangerous reptiles hiding in the surrounding greeneries.
That, Soireenews.com learnt, was due to the unavailability of the proper mordern public toilet facilities many years ago which has forced the residents to attend to nature’s call in nearby
bushes though at the peril of their lives.
The Meduma community, this online news portal further learnt, was deprived of classroom blocks, market centre, community centre sanitary facilities and roads, which situation compelled the traditional authorities to appeal to the government and the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to assist the community.
During the visit, it was also discovered that the whole community lacked public toilets.
Speaking in an interview with Soireenews.com, the Unit Community Chairman of Meduma Unit Committee Chairman, Mr Kwabena Marfo and Benkumhemaa of Meduma, Obaahemaa Beatrice Yeboah noted that the development had compelled some of the residents to defecate in the bushes, an act that accentuates how far Ghana is from realizing the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal seven (7) which seeks to improve the provision of safe drinking water and sanitation.
They stated that; “There is uncompleted public toilet facility with no doors and windows, and some unscrupulous residents have been defecating in the uncompleted facility, compiling the traditional authorities to locked up the entrance of the facility.
They pointed out that the issue of non-availability of toilet facilities has become part of the public system in that part of the traditional area in the district.
“It is not even being regarded as a priority at all. So, over the years, we have become accustomed to using the bush, where it is available,” they lamented.
Defecating in the bushes, according to them was very dangerous since they could be attacked by wild animals, dangerous snakes and scorpions.
“Beside the inconvenience, it is not dignifying for residents to be rushing into the bush whenever they feel like attending to nature’s call,” they fumed.