The inhabitants of Jomoro district have heaved a sigh of relief as most of the communities in the district have been cleared off of heaps of refuse. The District Assembly recognizing the need to protect the inhabitants from sanitation related diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, typhoid fever, malaria among others embarked on massive clean-up exercise in the second quarter of 2017 to get rid of filth choking most of the communities.
During the last quarter of 2016, the partnership between UCSOND and the Jomoro District Assembly got further strengthened through the introduction of the Voice for Change Partnership programme into the District. The collaboration between UCSOND and the District Assembly on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) led to the formation of Jomoro Sanitation Platform, and also the invitation of UCSOND unto the District Planning Coordinating Unit (DPCU).
The sustained conversation on WASH resulted in the Assembly engaging the services of a waste management company to remove heaps of refuse that have engulfed the district. To avoid the reoccurrence of the sanitation menace, waste bins were provided for communities to dump their waste; Ladders were provided for easy disposal (fig. 1), and more importantly Zoomlion (a Waste Management Company) has stationed a staff at each of the dump site to prevent the dumping of waste on the ground.
At a district sanitation platform meeting to appraise the exercise (the removal of waste from the communities), the District Environmental Health Officer remarked: “my work is now visible”. A queen mother also recounted an experienced of a community member who was bitten by a snake when she went to dump refuse in the bush. The district coordinating director enthused about the partnership said: “So long as I continue to be the Director of this Assembly, sanitation will be my number one priority”. The sanitation platform, however, has been tasked to ensure that the success achieved in sanitation management is sustained beyond the project implementation period.