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Residents of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region are to embark on a three-day major clean-up exercise within the metropolis as part of preparations towards the burial of the late Asantehemaa.
The Medical, Sanitation and Environment sub-committee in charge of the laying in state and burial rites of Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II is urging residents to participate fully.
The director of the Waste Management Department at the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, John Gorkeh Miah, told Class News on Wednesday, January 11 that his outfit would also arrest and prosecute persons who litter indiscriminately.
“Our charge is to ensure that Kumasi is clean and devoid of filth on the streets. We have charged all the environmental health officers to intensify house-to-house inspections and prosecutions. If they see any filth, they should arrest those perpetrating it and put them before court,” he stated.
The committee, which comprises heads of the Red Cross Society, the Waste Management Department, the Metro-Health Directorate and the ambulance services has pledged to ensure an incident-free event as far as the health and safety of attendees are concerned.
The committee is also deploying 50 doctors and 250 nurses to man mobile clinics that will be set up at the funeral grounds.