The worsening phenomenon of Noise Pollution in the New Juaben South Municipality of the Eastern Region of Ghana has become a source of worry...
The worsening phenomenon of Noise Pollution in the New Juaben South Municipality of the Eastern Region of Ghana has become a source of worry for residents.
From Companies advertising products, to preachers at the roadside, bar operators and churches holding all-night services all increase volumes of their speakers to the extent that one can feel the vibrations while walking past them or notice the movement of items placed on a surface in their homes.
Noise is generated with impunity in the municipality despite being illegal and nuisance to individuals health.
The Section 296 (7) of the constitution states that “a person shall be liable to a fine not exceeding ¢200,000 if, after being warned to desist, he or she makes any loud or unseemly noise howsoever caused to the annoyance or disturbance of any person.
“The EPA Act 1994 (Act 490) mandates the agency to prescribe standards and guidelines relating to the pollution of air, water, land and noise and in pursuance of this mandate, the agency has developed permissible noise level guidelines to regulate the level of noise within the environment,”
According to health experts ,noise beyond a certain decibels threshold has adverse health implications and is rated as a criminal offence punishable by law.
Studies have shown that elevated workplace or other noise can cause hearing impairment, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, annoyance, and sleep disturbance, and that changes in the immune system and birth defects have been attributed to noise exposure.
The Municipal Chief Executive for New Juaben South,Isaac Appau Gyasi says he will deal with noise pollution as part of holistic measures restore discipline and sanity in the municipality.
“the level of noise pollution in Ghana is becoming alarming and we must deal with it.Sometimes i don’t even get a peace of mind to work in my office here .So it is something i am going to clampdown “.
Mr.Francis Osarfo,Municipal Environmental Officer for New Juaben South ,says engagements with stakeholders particularly churches have started on minimizing their noise levels before the Assembly zooms into action.