Ghana celebrates the World Toilet Day-19th November

Ghana celebrates the World Toilet Day-19th November

The 2010 World Toilet Day National celebration in Ghana was held in Kumasi. Among other activities, awards were presented to 20 communities as recognition for achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF).

The World Toilet Day, scheduled for November 19 annually, was celebrated in Ghana with pack of activities. This year’s commemoration of the World Toilet Day was performed by Ashanti Regional Minister on behalf of Hon. Joseph Yieleh Chireh (MP), the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development at Moshie Zongo, Kumasi on Friday, 19th November 2010.

The day’s celebration started with a welcome address by Mr. Samuel Sarpong, the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, followed by a statement by the children of Ghana.  Mr. Naa lenason Demedemen then highlighted the importance of the World Toilet Day.

One of the key activities of the day was the Open Defecation Free awards which were presented to 20 communities that have been able to achieve Open Defecation Free status.

Other activities of the day included

  • queuing for toilet,
  • the toilet pledge and
  • a demonstration on Hand washing with soap.

The world toilet day is celebrated every November 19 to create awareness of the life saving value of a toilet as well as raise awareness of 2.6 billion people without access to decent sanitation.