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Cholera out break looming in the Tamale


The Tamale metropolitan Assembly which was adjudged the cleanest city in 2010 in Ghana risks losing the title as a result of poor sanitation practices that is creeping into the central business district of the metropolis.  Activities around the central market area in recent times need serious attention by city authorities to prevent innocent people from contracting cholera and diarrhea, especially during this raining season.
The central market which is being surrounded by banks, pharmacy shops and food joints are in the mercy of choked gutters engulfed with filth.
The nasty scene around Dokuluku pharmacy area in the central market can only be described as an eye-saw as heaps of filth from the gutters are left unattended to. The traders say, they are in a state of dilemma because the identities of people carrying out the exercise are not known; “we do not know whether they are from the assembly or Zoomlion”; we came this morning only to see the mess in our sitting places.
Some of the traders who spoke to Zaa Radio expressed disgust about the practice and are demanding explanation from the assembly saying ‘we need to know what the assembly used our taxes for. They are also expressing fears of cholera outbreak in the metropolis if immediate measures are not taken by stakeholders in the sanitation sector by the city authorities to address the problem.
Some of the traders along the central market road spoke to Zaa News say time of the exercises was wrong and expressed fears it could affect their business. However, the Public Relations Officer of the assembly, Issah Salifu Musah in an interview with Zaa News assured residents of the metropolis of the assembly’s commitment to improvingsanitation situation.
Mr Musah stated that the assembly was much concern about consequence poor sanitation practices and are doing all it could to prevent the residents from contracting any sanitation related disease in the metropolis.
The public relation officer urged the traders in the central market of judicious use of their taxes saying a contract has been awarded to a private individual to distil the choked gutters in the metropolis.]]>


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