View Full Version : Dawhenya Residents kick against Rotten Fish

15th November 2011, 09:44 PM
RESIDENTS OF Dawhenya in the Dangme East district have protested against the daily transportation of rotten fish in the township which generates an offensive odour. They complained that the exercise carried out in broad daylight poses a serious health threat to them especially their children.

For some time now various trucks including a Fiat Iveco with registration number GN 3321 Y have been conveying the decomposed fish waste through the streets of Dawhenya, residents say.

They told DAILY GUIDE the trucks leave in their trail a pungent smell which pollutes the environment for several hours making it extremely difficult for them to breathe.

They claimed recent outbreaks of cholera and other epidemics in the community could largely be blamed on the stench emanating from the decomposed fish and appealed to environmental and health authorities to do something about it.

Residents also expressed fears that the final dumping site of such unwholesome fish could compromise the health of residents living in the vicinity.

Meanwhile some food vendors have also complained that the problem was gradually killing their businesses as their customers were robbed of their appetite. Selina Oppong a food vendor told the paper she had lost a lot of customers as many feared eating contaminated food.

Unhappy about the situation, some people in the community have vowed to stage a demonstration within the shortest possible time.

Frank Doe, a mechanic and Desmond Tutu, a vulcanizer expressed similar sentiments to this reporter.

There have been several reported cases of the trucks splattering rotten fish waste on the windscreens of other vehicles creating a big nuisance on the highway.

Some residents have consequently threatened to block the main road to prevent the trucks from using them adding that the spillage of fish waste on the roads made them slippery and dangerous.

They lamented that it was unfair for fish canneries to handle their waste in such an unhygienic manner without any regard for public health and safety.

Several attempts to reach the Tema EPA Metro head for comment were unsuccessful as she was not in her office by press time and calls to her phones went unanswered.