Environmental Health Officers of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly have close up the Kwame Nkrumah Circle branch of Las Palmas restaurant, over sanitation breaches.
This follows a visit to the favored eatery, which receives many patrons.
Director of Public Health at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Florence Kuukyi, cited the unavailability of a fanatical public toilet for the eatery, albeit several of the workers lived on the premises.
Other reasons included; the unsanitary conditions under which the food sold at the eatery was being prepared and none of the workers was able to show a medical certificate qualifying them to sell food to the overall public.
“We are closing it down. First, thanks to the conditions under which they cook and sell the food. Look at the roof above us, it had been overtaken by dust and cobwebs, and this is often where they cook the food. So anything in the least could fall under the food, and nobody will know”, Florence Kuukyi noted.
“Also, contrary to the AMA Bye-Laws 2017, they don’t have a toilet facility here. Some of them sleep in this building. It’s shortly to think that once they are pressed, they are doing it in polythene bags and fly them outside”, she added.
The supervisor at the eatery, who identified herself as Aunty Hannah, explained why none of the workers had a medical certificate.
“When they did it, I was not here. I was in Kumasi, so I feel that it’s at our Head Office at Abeka. So I will be able to need to call them to bring it”, she initially explained.
However, it emerged that the workers are new staff who haven’t taken the tests yet.
This added to the offenses noted by the AMA team. They, therefore, issued a closure notice to the supervisor.
The closure notice takes effect from Thursday, July 22, 2021, until steps are taken to correct the sanitation breaches.
Earlier, about four workers at the Avenor slaughterhouse, operating illegally, were isolated after a compulsory medical screening revealed that they had a minimum of typhoid and/or hepatitis B.
The screening exercise was conducted by Public Health Officers of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly after it emerged that over 200 of the workers there didn’t have medical certificates.
In the past year alone, a minimum of three visits had been made to the present same slaughterhouse, with a caution for its operators to make sure adherence to sanitation standards.
But a bit like the mouse behaves when the cat is away, the departure of the officials also meant the return to flouting the regulations.
In June, the team was greeted by open drains choked by excrement from the intestines of the slaughtered animals. As flies besieged us within the yard, the pungent smell from the gutters at the abattoir was also during a robust contest for our attention.
Director of Public Health at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Florence Kuukyi, ordered the immediate cleaning of the slaughterhouse with a screening exercise scheduled to take place later.
“So as we are standing here, we are commanding all of [them] to travel and obtain brooms to wash the place immediately. If they don’t roll in the hay, we are closing down the place. After that, all of them must be tested before they’re allowed to handle meat here,” Florence Kuukyi said.
Improvement within the sanitary conditions at the Avenor Slaughter slap in Accra was visible on the second visit by AMA sanitation officers after an earlier visit last month.
The facility, which is that the sole functioning slaughterhouse in Accra, attracted public attention after it emerged that animals were being killed at the open-air slaughterhouse under highly unsanitary conditions.
“So as we are standing here, we are commanding all of [them] to travel and obtain brooms to wash the place immediately. If they don’t roll in the hay, we are closing down the place,” Florence Kuukyi said.
On the second visit, however, she said, “we can see about some 45 percent improvement within the conditions here, and thus the operators have shown commitment to improving the situation”.
“It’s not all done. They have promised to tile the place and construct a fence wall to stay rodents, insects, and other animals out”, she added.
For the workers on duty, it had been observed that they had AMA medical certificates. They were also wearing their facemasks and had stopped recycling dirty water to scrub the carcasses of slain animals.
“We are happy about what you people do. Cleanliness is next to godliness. Even if you reside during a house, you’re expected to wash it once you awaken. How much more where you’re employed,” one among the workers told the enjoyment Clean Ghana team.
“We came from the North, and that we now have employment. We don’t want it to be closed down, so we’ll obey all the regulations given”, another said.
AMA officials say they’re impressed by the efforts being made by managers of the slaughterhouse to upgrade the facility.