The Church of Pentecost Atonsu District of the Ashanti Region yesterday organize a clean-up exercise in the Atonsu market and surrounding streets to keep the environment Clean. According to them, cleaning the environment will help foster good health care. They said dumping refuses in gutters will not make the environment Clean and will not fosters good health. They ask the general public to stop open defecation and throwing polythene bags into the gutter.

supporting environmental healthcare

This they said is an effort to highlight the need to maintain a clean environment. The exercise was part of the Environmental Care Campaign of the Church being held under the theme, “My Environment, My Responsibility”. The Presiding Elder Philip Arko in an exclusive interview with Davis Addai our correspondent from Ashanti Region, he said it is the vision of the Church to contribute its quota to promote national development through diverse ways and an instance is by supporting environmental healthcare.


poor sanitation

He urged the General Public to ensure that the place they work and live is clean. Cleanliness is next to godliness, and it is better to serve God in a clean environment. According to Elder Philip Arlo, one of the major challenges the country is facing is poor sanitation and this often led to the perennial floods which affect people lives and their properties. He called on the public to play complementary roles to help free drains from dumping refuse in gutters and rivers to help reduce the incidence of floods. He stressed that very soon, the rains are going to start and they don’t want to see floods, they have started their clean-ups workers.


reduce using of polythene bags

Elder Philip Arko, the Head Pastor of the Church said though environmental maintenance is the responsibility of government, it is time for individuals and organizations within the community to play complementary roles to support the effort. He appeals to the public to desist from littering the environment and reduce the use of polythene bags as carrier bags when they visit the market.

polythene bags

make cleaning a regular activity

Elder Cudjo also urged the civil society organizations and the entire populace to make cleaning a regular activity. He urged the market women to clean their places of trade every evening before departing for home.

government Authority

Meanwhile, the Assemblyman for Atonsu Agogo south electoral Area HON Raymond Opoku Agyemang also urged other organizations, Churches, institutions to do the same by organizing such exercise to fight against poor sanitation in the country. He said government alone cannot fight poor sanitation unless they all put their hands together to addressed sanitation challenge in the country.

The pictures and story by Davis Addai our correspondent from Ashanti Region. The reason for publishing this story is to inform readers about the poor sanitation and risks of dumpsites on the local level. Since this is a website for local news and community development in the rural area of Ghana, it fits the scope of communitywatchdoggh.com.