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28.10.2008 Social News

Tin-Ton-Tan campaign launched

By The Statesman

The government, in its effort to improve sanitation and reduce sanitation-related diseases in the country, has in collaboration with major stakeholders, launched a programme dubbed Tin-Ton-Tan, aimed at preventing diseases through improved environmental sanitation.

Officials say Tin-Ton-Tan;-yene efi to nkwanta a yapae- programme "will contribute to improvement in the health status of the citizenry.'

Launching the Brong Ahafo Regional campaign on Friday, which coincided with a clean-up exercise by the personnel of the Zoomlion Ghana Ltd, waste management experts, at the Sunyani Regional Hospital, the Brong Ahafo Regional Supervisor of the Zoomlion Ghana Ltd, Kwame Gariba, said the project will scale-up the campaign for improved environmental sanitation and thereby lead to reduction in poor sanitation-related diseases such as malaria, Typhoid fever, upper respiratory infections, and many others.

According to Mr Gariba, sanitation should be seen as 'a shared responsibility.'

He therefore called on the citizenry to see themselves as partners in ensuring a clean environment in their homes and surroundings.

He explained that the campaign will target Assembly members, youth associations and traditional authorities in order to get everybody on board in ensuring a clean environment.

He added that the campaign will reintroduce and emphasise the critical roles of the traditional leaders in organising sanitation-related activities in their communities such as communal labour, construction of toilets and desilting choked gutters.

Through Tin- Ton-Tan campaign, it is expected that the spirit of clean environment will be imbibed in Ghanaians and shall be sustained at the community levels whereby all the actors shall work together to pull resources for environmental sanitation activities to continue.

The project 'will also reduce the burden on the National Health Insurance Schemes and thereby free resources for investment in other social programmes, officials have stated.

The major stakeholders to ensure the smooth implementation of the campaign include the National Health Insurance Authority, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Manpower, Youth and Employment, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Environment and Zoomlion Ghana Limited.