Monday, November 8, 2021

Local Population Blamed for "Funny looking" Environment



The quality of municipal services and their providers is very often singled out or doubted in the face of the unhealthy condition of certain towns, including Ngaoundéré- Adamawa region, Cameroon.

According to this reporter, the local population themselves participate in the degrading their living environment; observi g some of the neighborhoods, the people live in a garbage filled environment, making little or no efforts to clean up their environment. 

Uncivil acts that can be harmful on both health and safety of those living in those areas is observed by inhabitants arround. Sanctions from competent authorities concerned could be the only stimulant to have these neighborhoods cleaned up. 

Insufficient garbage bins, irregular garbage collections, cleaning and cleaning of gutters is a slow excercise carried out, amongst others. These failures are attributed to the State, concerning the management of the city. 

In most parts of Ngaoundére, it is common to see citizens throw  garbage in the street through the windows of taxis, a bus or either through their personal vehicles.

Cameroon's "Water Tower" town turned into a garbage dump, which obstructs the flow of water in times of the raains.

As the years go by, the situation becomes so worrying that the phenomenon is no longer characteristic of the neighborhoods such as Burkina; jolie-Soir or Bamyaga.

To remedy this, the government and local communities should launch public clean up campaigns, share information or do awareness about when such campaigns will hold, levying a fine for defaulters.

The hygiene service, for example, with the help of traditional command auxiliaries, should be able to impose fines on the perpetrators of incivility.

Insanitary conditions are a source of insecurity. In a 2016 press release, the WHO also revealed that 12.6 million people around the world died in 2012, afterà having lived or worked in an unhealthy environment.

It must be noted that the health of citizens is closely linked to the environment in which they live in. Among the diseases linked to environmental factors, WHO notes among others malaria, respiratory infections, cancers and strokes.



By Katakap Heritier in Ngaoundére
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