Managing waste properly is essential for building sustainable and livable cities, but it remains a challenge for many developing countries and cities.
In Laterbiokorshie and Korle Gonno, two suburbs in Accra, activities of waste management companies are posing serious health challenges to residents as they are inhaling smoke from burnt refuse dumped by these companies along the Korle Bu Mortuary road.
In an interview with Citi News, most of them complained of having challenges breathing.
They said they had spoken to the authorities to do something about the situation, but there have not been any positive responses.
“For almost one week now, we have not been able to sleep well. I have to wake up as early as 4 am to leave the house because of the smoke. You cannot live in your room with the fans off. We need government’s help,” one resident lamented.
But the Assemblyman for the Zoti Area, Richard Tagoe stated that he has reported the issue to the Head of waste management in the Sub-Metro as well as the Member of Parliament for the Area and is hoping the situation will be salvaged quickly.
“Yesterday, I called the Head of waste management at the Sub-Metro over the weekend. But he said he is on holidays so, I sent him pictures of the problem. He said he will call Chief Okine to do something about it and stop the vehicles that are bringing in the refuse,” he said.
“Today I will follow up on the issue. I have already spoken to the Member of Parliament for this area. He said he will be coming here this morning to help salvage the situation,” he added.