The Director of Hysacam Bamenda, Mr Zaumu Joseph has blamed the inability to access their dump-site for close to three months in Mbelewa found in Nkwen, Bamenda in the North West Region of Cameroon, on the destruction carried out on one of the culverts leading to the site by separatist fighters. He further blamed the challenges facing Hysacam in the management and collection of Garbage on the dusk to dawn curfew imposed by Governor Adolph Lele L’Afrique, limiting hours of work.
These explain why Garbage cans haven’t been emptied and waste littered in markets and major junctions within the city of Bamenda. Due to population increased in the city, public waste bins are filling up faster than ever and inevitably many of the bins end up overflowing before collected, causing cluttered streets and bad odors which is not healthy.
Overflowing waste bins are an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, insects and vermin. The flies that visit the garbage are also the same flies that roam around your lunch buffet and drop their eggs on your plate. By doing so, they increase the risk of individuals contracting with salmonella, which causes typhoid fever, food poisoning, enteric fever, gastroenteritis, and other major illnesses. Besides flies, other animals that thrive from the garbage in and around the containers include rats, and stray dogs.
This is happening at a time when the Cameroon government is fighting against Cholera which has killed 33 people already and infected over 486 people.
However Hysacam has been able to continue cleaning the streets while having ongoing negotiation to look for a temporary dump-site in Mankon until they can gain access to their usual landfill.