Executive directors and Ambassadors of drink safety water, are calling on various districts and municipal Assemblies to immediately ban plastic straws and bottled water in the country due to its non biodegradable properties.
According to Mr. Issaka Amon Kotei, who is a local government expert and Drink Safety Water Ambassador, plastic waste containers and plastic straws have been deposited in water bodies causing damages to aquatic ecosystem.
This he claim, is very serious since many fishermen today can’t make good catch of fishes due to indiscriminate disposal of these plastics unto the environment.
He explained further that, if communities don’t begin to acknowledge this as a problem, then very soon we will not have fishes for food.
“Ghanaian’s cannot boast of water bodies without straws and plastic bottles”, he said.
Mr. Issaka has therefore suggested that, Ghana quickly adapt the use bamboo straws and paper-straw for water to save water bodies and the eco systems.
In another development, Madam Hilda Huaji, who is also a member of DSW, and also an agricultural extension officer said, the move will help sustain our lands for farming and reduce the rate of mosquito breed in the country.
Mr. Fred Amui, a member who recently arrived in the country, said he was surprised at the weak steps the country has resorted to in fighting water and sanitation problems in the country.
He expressed that, we have failed as a people to use our water systems for transport to ease traffic in the cities but made them dumping sites for straws and plastic bottles, ” we have a big problem in Ghana and the only way is to advocate for bamboo straws and paper bagged water”.
Dr. Kwabena Oduro, a doctor at Adepa Scientific research and herbal center said that, society must abhor and condemn the disposal of all non biodegradable materials in water bodies.
“Our fishes can’t survive and reproduce well under such conditions, and we must change this immediately” he said !
Story by Krobea Asante