The Sepe- Buokrom dump site, in the Manhyia North constituency in the Ashanti region, one of the oldest and largest dump sites in 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 covered with a mountain of solid waste reaching into the sky. The cloud of think 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 spectacles and obvious catastrophe waiting to happen has not deterred scores of city dwellers in search of homes from building close to the area. Residents at the mercy toxic fumes and stench emanating from the site comb through the duty for dirty for anything useful. The compete with garbage trucks for every inch of space.
The assembly member in the area Hon Joseph Agyapong aka ‘wobewu’ proved futile but some of the residents who has house very close to the dump site, lamented the situation is an eyesore.
The worst situation is that, there is currently a cholera outbreak in this community killing several people especially children. The pandemics is related to insanitary conditions occasioned by open drains and poor management of liquid waste. Even not cholera alone there are a lot of diseases. If you don’t and you get any infection even the smoke can kill you, it is dangerous.
The residents insisted the dump site is disturbing the community but doubted if something will be done about the situation the waste manager in Kumasi metropolitan Assembly has refused to listen to our plea.