The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has subpoenaed some eight public toilet operators for unhygienic operating conditions. Including selling newspapers for anal cleaning after defecating.
The Head of the Public Health Department of AMA, Florence Kuukyi, told the media that the conditions of these businesses were public the standard protocol. She observed that the slabs on the chambers of the septic tank were broken. She said this allowed air in and out of the tank, causing microorganism to digest in the tank.
She also observed that the septic tanks of the facilities were not airtight, which caused cockroaches and mosquitoes in and out, leading to disease transmission. And the stench from these broken tanks also polluted the surrounding areas.
She said, “The floor must be a floor that can be cleaned regularly. The seats should always be clean, hand washing basin that should be free from contamination. Burning of the tissue paper after use was also not acceptable.”
Madam Florence said out of the five public toilets, four had exposed their anal cleaning materials to flies. She condemned the practice and also called for a change in the products they used.
Florence Kuukyi said, “The chemical used in printing these newspapers and materials, using them for anal cleaning can cause anal cancer or cancer of the anus. Furthermore, these materials are highly contaminated due to their handling. Hence the need to desist from using them.
Anal cleaning was a crucial part of personal hygiene because it helps prevent infections and diseases.
By Grace Somuah-Annan|3news.com|Ghana