Eleven traders at the Agbogbloshie Market in Accra have been summoned to appear before a District Magistrate Court on Thursday 11th July 2019, for contravening provisions in the Public Health Act,2012 (851) and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly's Control of Hawkers Bye-laws, 2017.
They are Reuben Odoi, Isaac Njoku, Stephen Agbo, Daniel Amevor, Sena Kwaku, Akosua Joyce, Issah Ahmed, Gemma Anim, Isaka Ayane, Anorma Attah, Abre Paulina and Akosua Boateng.
The summons follow an inspection of the market by Public Health officers of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) which revealed the bad state in which they engaged in trading activities hence the summons.
The eleven accused persons have been charged for various sanitation offences including selling beside insanitary drains, displaying of food stuff on bare ground and exposing food to flies and other contaminants as well as trading on public drain.
Head of the AMA Public Health Department, Florence Kuukyi, who disclosed this in an interview explained that, sanitary conditions in the markets have direct impact on foods because of the effects of handling, storage and display of these foods.
She pointed out that under section 100 clause 5 of the public health act 2013, “A person shall not sell, prepare, package, convey, store or display for sale food under insanitary conditions.”
In addition, under the Assembly's Control of Hawkers Bye-laws, 2017, "an occupier of a space or selling site shall be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the space or selling site and shall at the close of each day thoroughly clean the place or selling site and sweep all ,rubbish from its surroundings and place the rubbish in dustbins, material or a location provided for the purpose, and thoroughly wash away all stains and marks whether of fat , oil, grease or any other kind."
Furthermore, “No article which is likely to be used for human consumption, shall be exposed either to dust or flies and shall be dispose of in such a manner as will satisfy the sanitation rules prescribed by Assembly," she averred.