Sanitation as a key factor to development needs to be practiced in all aspect of human life. For this reason, National Day was set aside for all MMDAs to observe on every first Saturday of each month. In the light of this, Keta municipal Assembly for that matter Dzelukope zonal council was not left out. the focus was on three communities in the Dzelukope Zonal Council (Dzelukope, Tetekope and Vui) where important designated areas such as refuse disposal site, and the beach were clean.
The exercise begun at 7.00 am and closed at 10.30 am at Dzelukope refuse disposal site. In attendance were the Assembly member for Dzelukope electoral area (Mad. Ruby Adukpo), a representatives from Environmental Health and Sanitation Office (Mad.Xornam Atidefe, Mad.Judith Ahedor, Mr. Blessing Douglas and Mad. Suzan Doku), Unit committee members. The total population that took part in the exercise were one hundred and eighty -nine community members (90 males and 99 females).
The Hon. Assemblywoman, in addressing the participants after the clean-up encouraged the people to maintained good sanitation and hygiene practices. She emphasized that good sanitation practices prevent a lot of diseases such as cholera, typhoid and other sicknesses which are sanitation related. She further reiterated the community members to closely be a watch dog on one another and prevent them from practicing open defecation and crude dumping. Madam Ruby in her concluding speech thank the people and the sanitary inspectors for their turn out.
The Environmental Health Officer Madam Judith Ahedor in her speech appealed to the community members to change their behaviours and show much commitment toward cleaning of their homes and surrounding and also partake in communal labor exercise. She said this is the only way they can together prevent outbreaks of diseases in the community and leave a healthy life. She concluded by congratulating the participants for their time spent on the clean-up exercise and entreat them to remain devoted towards such event in the future since it is the only way to ensure the safety of their environment.
The final speech to the participants was made by Mr Blessing Douglas, also an Environmental Health Officer. His address was mainly focus on maintaining open defecation free environment and indiscriminate dumping of refuse on undeveloped lands.
He added that the Environmental Health office is always available to give advice to any person on sanitation related challenges and encourage the community members to report any person whose action threaten the safety of the environment to the office for them to be punish according to the law.
In conclusion, the event was a successful one and it is the hope of the municipality that other communities continue to observe the day as such so that the entire municipality will be free from dirt.