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A young girl helps her neighbor after falling next to the Crocodile River in the slums of Kroo Bay on May 1, 2010 in Freetown Sierra Leone. Kroo Bay it's known for having deadly diseases fighting cholera, typhoid fever, parasitic worms and malaria. In Sierra Leone one-in-four children die before their fifth birthday.

Are we serious?

AT THE last count, common cholera killed over a hundred of our citizens due to the nasty nature of our environment and the uncouth behaviour of our compatriots.

Filth in Accra and other parts of the country remains a huge problem to Ghana even with the advent of the millennium city project.

Just recently when it rained for just about two hours, the city was exposed again with many parts experiencing flooding due to choked gutters and scattered garbage.

Hygiene is extremely important to any civilised nation and therefore there is the need to put premium on it.

But, that appears not to be the case as Ghana’s only diploma awarding hygiene institution has been completely neglected with graduates from the institution being allowed to rot in their houses.

Not long ago we threw the spotlight on the sad story of the school where the authorities after going through frustrations for years decided to convert the institution into a day school.

According to the story, the intention was to avert any disaster because the school’s hostel was at the verge of total collapse.

The facility, which was established alongside the school before independence, had not seen any major renovation till 2010 when the hostel was awarded on a contract but was abandoned along the line, citing government’s failure to pay for the first phase of work done.

“Per the current situation, we have no other option than to turn the institution into a day school where the students will be coming from home because we cannot risk their lives, while the few lecturers have also been asked to seek accommodation outside,” a source at the school stated.

Reports are that graduates from the three hygiene institutions in the country suffer to get jobs.

Why should we allow graduates who have acquired knowledge on hygiene management to rot in the house while we wallow in filth? This is not right. Ghana is just not serious.

The Ministry of Health should act quickly and get the hygiene institutions in shape and make good use of the graduates instead of wasting money and resources when there is an avoidable epidemic.

Source: Mohammed

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