On Thursday, 11th March 2021, the Bekwai Municipal Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit organized a workshop for all possible sources of noise pollution within the municipality namely, Information center operators, Spinners and Cornmill Operators.

This is in response to an observation made by the unit about the detrimental effects of noise pollution on people as an emerging environmental health issue. There was therefore the need for its control to be taken into paramount interest by the various stakeholders in the municipality.

At the gathering, Mr. Rudolf Obeng Bosompem (Environmental Health Officer) explained noise pollution as the excessive and unwanted sound that is injurious to people’s health. He further explained it as the presence of level of noise or sound in the environment that are irritating and very annoying to humans and can cause discomfort and harm both mentally and physically to living beings (humans and animals). It is one of the major causes of deafness in humans and animals as well, he added.

The Operators were educated on the effects of noise pollution which include loss of hearing and deafness, cardiac disturbance, sleeplessness, headache, stress, tension and aggressiveness.

The Operators were further exposed to various ways of controlling noise pollution, which include registering and calibrating their instruments used in their operation. To ensure effective regulation, the Operators were encouraged to register their business operation with the Bekwai Municipal Assembly and also acquire noise control permit, issued by the Municipal Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit.

Source: Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit, BMA

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