|Daily Graphic: 15 January 2011|
Whether we like it or not, toilets do appear to be on the lips of many in the fair metropolis of Accra lately. Following my brief foray into the murky world of water closets, pan latrines and night-soil collectors, the 15 January 2011 issue of the Daily Graphic newspaper has an interesting article on its front page. According to the article, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has revealed that 91% of homes are without any sanitation facilities. The article states:
- 114,521 residences are without any place of convenience
- 9,149 have water closets
- 1,842 have Kumasi Ventilated Improved Pits (KVIP)
- 315 are using outlawed pan latrines
- 79 are using pit latrines
These figures are extremely alarming and I am still unsure exactly how the Public Health Unit of the Assembly arrived at the numbers. Regardless, they do indicate that the proper disposal of human waste is a serious problem for the burgeoning metropolis of Accra. Time for some serious toilet talk.