Communities urged to adopt environmental safety practices

market1Mr Emmanuel Dawood Mensah, Agona West Disaster Management Organization Coordinator, has appealed to people living in the Municipality to adopt environmental safety practices.

He said the outbreaks of diseases like cholera and malaria; fire outbreaks, floods and food poisoning amongst others could be curbed if people changed their attitude towards the environment.

Mr Mensah said this at sensitization forums organized by his outfit in 35 communities in the Municipality.

The meetings were to educate the people on the need to desist from acts that could lead to environmental disasters.

Among the communities visited include: Egge Abusuo, Amponsah Ekura, Nyamendam, Nyarkroom Zogo, Kwesi Baah Ekura, Mensahkroom, Nkronfo, Menssokwaa and their surrounding villages.

Mr Mensah also reminded the people on the need to ensure that the right materials are used to construct buildings; halt the construction of buildings on water ways and bodies; end the habit of dumping refuse in gutters and drains; switch off lights and other electrical items when going out to work or leaving the place of work; and avoid defecating along the banks of rivers and streams.

The fire service personnel and disaster management personnel have been put in place to educate, rescue and manage disasters but, more important is the contribution of members of the society in disaster prevention, he said.

Mr Mensah said there is the need for all to join the disaster prevention crusade by changing their lifestyles towards the environment and urged them to plant at least three trees per person each year around their buildings, schools and other open spaces to serve as windbreaks for the Municipality.

Source: GNA

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