The Metropolitan Public Health Department (MPHD) has served notices to four (4) food vendors for preparing food for public consumption without a Medical Health Certificate.
The four who prepare food close to the Chemu Lagoon located at Chorkor a fishing community along the coast of Accra were served the notices on Tuesday when Public Health Officers from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) as part of continuing efforts visited the area to enforce the sanitation Bye-laws.
Madam Florence Kuukyi Head of MPHD of the AMA who led the team explained that the team had been there several times to compel the food vendors to undergo the screening but all efforts proved futile.
She said the last time the team was in the area the vendors absconded hence their inability to serve the notice.
She said every food vendor was required to undergo annual medical screening because of the spread of communicable diseases to ensure food safety in the city.
She added that, to acquire the food handlers’ certificate one would have to pick a form at the Assembly at a cost of GH₵40, fill it and submit with two passport pictures after which he/she would be referred to an accredited hospital for screening before the certificate was issued, adding that the process takes only one week to complete.
She urged the public to demand food handlers’ certificate from food vendors before patronising them.
The team during the operation also arrested a man for openly defecating into a drain close to the Great Kwame Nkrumah Memorial School and was given the option to either clean the drain or face prosecution but opted to clean the drain.