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Accra. Aug. 1, GNA – Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah,
the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, has called for support to strengthen
the capacity of the Environmental Health Officers to ensure effective
monitoring.

He said inadequate logistics had been a major
constraint to the health officers of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) for
efficient monitoring and the enforcement of the sanitation bye-laws

Accra. Aug. 1, GNA – Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah,
the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, has called for support to strengthen
the capacity of the Environmental Health Officers to ensure effective
monitoring.

He said inadequate logistics had been a major
constraint to the health officers of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) for
efficient monitoring and the enforcement of the sanitation bye-laws.

Mr Adjei Sowah made the call when he launched
the “Snipper Model,” a new strategic method to enforce good environmental
sanitation in Accra.

He said the model was to deploy the
environmental health officers at the sub-metros of the Assembly into the
communities as part of activities to bring back the “Saman Saman’’ or  “Tankase” to inspect markets, residential
premises, food and business joints, chop-bars, restaurants and public places of
convenience to ensure cleanliness.

Mr Adjei Sowah said the successful
implementation of the strategy would help change attitudes and urged the health
officers to strictly abide by the rules and regulations in enforcing the laws.

He said the method would help prevent exposure
of chemicals and biological agents into the air and provide safe environmental
condition for the people for good health.

Mr Victor Acquaye, the Metro Public Health
Director of the AMA, who took participants through the Model, urged the health
officers to enforce effective food management standards to ensure food vendors
sell food that is safe and hygienic to the public.

“It is the responsibility of environmental
health officers to ensure that food meant for consumption is not contaminated,”
he said.

Mr Acquaye said World Health Organisation
reports indicate that most illnesses were from the consumption of unwholesome
foods, which was a widespread health problem.

He urged the health officers to look
critically at the preparation stages of food from the farm gate to the
consumer.

GNA


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