The Sepe-Buokrom dump site, in the Manhyia North constituency in the Ashanti region, one of the oldest and largest dump sites in the Kumasi metropolis, has undoubtedly become an obvious health hazard in the fast growing residential area.
The site, believed to have started in the late 1990s, is currently the recipient of tonnes of waste generated in many parts of the capital.
The dump site, approximately the size of three football park is covered with a mountain of solid waste reaching into the sky.
A cloud of thick smoke hang over the entire community resulting from the constant burning going on at the site. That is not the only problem, a stream of poisonous liquid waste leaches from the mountain of refuse, seeping into homes of the angry and frustrated residents.
The disgusting spectacle and obvious catastrophe waiting to happen has not deterred scores of city dwellers in search of homes from building close to the area.
A visit of the site by Silver FM’s Akwadaa Nyame revealed that, although poorly equipped personnel tasked to manage the facility were on site taking money from those who came to throw out their refuse but yet nothing much is going on to address the State of the site.
Residents at the mercy of the toxic fumes and stench emanating from the site comb through the dirty for anything useful. They compete with garbage trucks for every inch of space.
Attempts to speak with the assembly member in the area Hon Joseph Agyapong aka “wobewu” proved futile but some of the residents including Maa Mary who has her house very close to the dump site, lamented the situation is an eyesore.
Maa Mary who has been there for all her life said the refuse site has been very unbearable due to the smoke and stench. Due to this, she has not been able to live in relative comfort and is contemplating relocating.
Sister Ataa another residents whose house is just about ten metres away from the dump site did not mince words in saying the situation is “very bad.” She revealed to this reporter that residents “went to a meeting in order to close this [refuse dump site] down but all attempts that have been made has failed. Commenting on the effects the site has on the residents, she said “the odour is too pungent. Very pungent, you can’t even breathe here especially when the bulldoze it.”
There is currently a cholera outbreak in the in this community killing several perple especially children. The pandemic is related to insanitary conditions occassioned by open drains and poor management of liquid waste. Even not cholera alone there are a lot of diseases. If you don’t know and you get any infection even the smoke can kill you, it is very dangerous. ”
Sister Ataa insisted the dump site is disturbing the community but doubted if something will be done about the situation the waste manager at the Kumasi metropolitan Assembly has refused to listen to our plea.
Mr Edward Owusu, another resident who house is about 20 metres away from the dump site said he has suffered heart complications because of the fumes from the dump site.
“I’ve got heart attack because of the smoke. I went to the hospital to check and they said I should go and do endoscopic [tests]. At times I get heart burns,” he said.
Nevertheless, he urged authorities to consider the cries and pleas of residents and do something about the situation.
Credit Akwadaa Nyame (Silver FM)