There is a saying that God helps those who help themselves, but the people of Funko in the Ahanta West district of the Western Region who are living by this principle say their already bad situation is worsening.
Residents of the coastal community have for years been struggling to stop tidal waves from eroding their buildings using unorthodox means; a collection of heaps of solid waste to block tidal waves.
While that has helped them over the years, the people have realised the unorthodox ‘waste sea defence wall’ now pose danger to their lives.
The residents say several appeals for a sea defence wall are yet to receive any positive response.
Having realised the health implications of the use of waste as sea defence wall, he said the people now “need proper sea defence to salvage this situation”.
Maame Nyame Na Ose who operates a kitchen close to the sea where she smokes fish said though she is aware of the health hazards of operating close to the refuse, she has no option available to her.
“We are aware keeping refuse close to the kitchen and fish smoking is very dangerous to our health, but for now this is the only solution to block the tidal waves,” she said.
But the use of refuse dump as sea defence wall is not the only problem facing the people Funko; open defecation is the order of the day and the beach is the worst affected.
The community is grappling with inadequate toilet facilities.
An investor has decided to put up one more toilet and operate it commercially.
The residents say the refuse dump and open defecation have made the community the host of filth and made them very susceptible to cholera and typhoid.
Papa Job is thus “appealing for more toilets because the only functioning toilet facility is far from here [the community]. Now the only available place of convenience is the beach”.
By Ebenezer Abakah|3news.com|Ghana