Journalist demands toilet auditing in ministries and pubs

A broadcast journalist with Accra based Citi FM has called for an audit of toilet facilities in pubs as well as various public offices.

Kojo Akoto Boateng was speaking on the Citi Breakfast show Wednesday.

His demand follows a report that named Ghana among the top 10 countries worldwide with the highest percentage of its population without decent toilets.

He believes not only residential facilities are guilty of building without toilets but explained some public facilities have inadequate toilet facilities and in some cases, males and females share the same toilets.

Ghana has about 85.7 percent of its population without decent toilets and this equals about 23 million people who suffer the fear and indignity of relieving themselves in the open or in unsafe or unhygienic toilets.

The report entitled ‘Out of Order’ was released by WaterAid, an international Non-Governmental Organization in its 2017 state of the world’s toilets.

According to the report, the lack of decent toilets around the world prevents women and girls from fulfilling their potential.

“Out of Order” is WaterAid’s third-annual analysis of the world’s toilets. It reveals that globally, one in three people still have nowhere decent to go to toilet, and demonstrates how women and girls bear the brunt of this global crisis. For more than 1.1 billion women and girls, this injustice results in an increased risk of poor health, limited education, harassment and even attack.

Many who contributed to the show expressed shock at the finding and called on lawmakers to enforce sanitation laws to the latter.


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