From Samuel Mensah Torbizo, Kumasi
The Ashanti Regional Director of the National Service Scheme, Mr. Kwesi Quinoo, has observed that it was crucial for National Service Personnel to play a pivotal role in sustaining the National Sanitation Day.
He noted that as persons who were aspiring to control the affairs of the country, it was incumbent on them to actively campaign to sustain the sanitation initiative.
Mr. Quinoo, was speaking to this reporter after he led some service personnel to clean up the Kejetia Lorry Terminal as part of the third National Sanitation Day in Kumasi.
The government, through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, has set asides first Saturday of every month as National Sanitation Day.
“A clean environment would mean a nation free of malaria, because the mosquitoes and other harmful insects would not have breeding grounds when we keep our communities clean,” he remarked.
He said that huge sum of money and other state resources being spent on drug importation to combat malaria and other communicable diseases, as a result of the filth that engulfed the cities, could be channeled to other pressing areas, such as education, roads and good drinking water, if the people strictly adhered to environmental cleanliness.
He called for the involvement of all Ghanaians to help rid the country of filth to avoid cholera and other cases.
“I am appealing to everybody to join in the campaign without political sentiment,” he said.
He added that “To all service personnel in the country, my passionate call is that, they should be the key actors to help make this campaign serve as a platform for the youth to sensitize the masses”.