By Kesah Princely
Inhabitants of Buea have begun questioning local authorities on the abandonment of dirt in public arenas.
The dumping of such household waste on major streets of the municipality seems to have become the new normal, as inhabitants confirm that such waste remain undisposed of, for several weeks.
Residents have pointed fingers at the Buea Council for failing to rescue the situation which some of them described as irritating and disgusting.
“The presence of dirt on our streets is an indication of negligence. Council authorities do not concentrate on cleaning up the town and taking care of health issues, but focus on things that are of no importance to the population. There can be no good health in the midst of dirt,” Mbang Cyprian told TWIF NEWS.
Speaking on the basis of anonymity, a business man in Molyko whose shop is a few meters from a dump site intimated, “I can not count the number of times I have been to hospital, rather than being in my shop which I pay taxes for. The pungent scent emanating from the dirt even scares my clients. I think it is high time some body [the mayor] stopped pressuring us to open our shops on risky days and took responsibility for people’s health conditions.”
For several months now, the company charged with the disposal of filth, better known by it’s French acronym HYSACAM, has barely had it trucks ply major neighbourhoods of the “City of Excellence,” as mayor Ekema calls it. Areas like Bomaka, Mile 16 and Muea rarely have their waste disposed of; Molyko however, has recently been disposed of some waste to by HYSACAM.
As a result of the unavailability of alternative means to properly get rid of waste across the town, health experts revealed the effects accompanying the phenomenon are devastating.
TWIF NEWS hooked up with Monya Elvis, a Consultant in the Laboratory for Drugs and Molecular Diagnostics at the Biotech Unit of the University of Buea who explained the aftermaths of depositing refuse in public settings.
He pointed out that the decomposition of waste materials emits poisonous gases into the atmosphere which could lead to respiratory track infections.
Monya Elvis further reiterated that decayed materials attract house flies which pick up micro organisms and settle them on food sold along road sides.
This, the health expert said has far reaching health consequences on Humans.
“Improper disposal of waste along roadsides and particularly in front of shops may contain icteric bacteria which cause fevers like typhoid,” he averred.
The PhD researcher also mentioned that the throwing of dirt on streets could lead to physical injuries.
To him, plastics and breakables are hardly separated from other household waste and such materials could injure people.
“Most shop owners have children who could sometimes go playing around dump sites. These children could be wounded by sharp infectious objects, thereby rendering them exposed
Buea dwellers have called on authorities of the council to address the act of allowing refuse in the town. They urged Mayor Ekema Patrick to make available incinerators and trucks to evacuate dirt.
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