AMA announces plans to ensure safe usage of Lapaz intersection

BY: Maxwell Ocloo
) Prof Majid Ezzati (left), Imperial College London, Chair of Global Environmental Health, Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah (3rd left), Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive and Mr Joseph Addah (2nd left), Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources at the launch. Picture: Maxwell Ocloo
) Prof Majid Ezzati (left), Imperial College London, Chair of Global Environmental Health, Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah (3rd left), Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive and Mr Joseph Addah (2nd left), Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources at the launch. Picture: Maxwell Ocloo

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly has announced plans to ensure safe usage of the Lapaz intersection in Accra.

The intervention followed research carried out by the Assembly, with Lapaz having highest records of human casualties and road accidents in the nation’s capital.
 
The Mayor of Accra, Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, announced this at the launch of ‘Pathways to equitable healthy cities’ project in Accra on Monday.
 
The Project
 
The project aims at shaping urban development through innovative pathways to reduce health inequalities in cities.
 
It is in partnership with the University of Ghana, the Imperial College, London and other leading universities, with funding from the Wellcome Trust.
 
Collaboration
 
Through the collaboration with the European Union initiative, Mr Sowah said, his outfit would introduce speed rumps, pedestrian crossing and intelligent traffic signals to mitigate road crashes at that intersection.
 
Mr Sowah said the government continues to support cities of the country through collaboration with the World Bank, in particular, the Greater Accra Metropolitan Assembly (GAMA).
 
He noted that lack of a green environment and energy inefficient buildings of the cities of the country contribute to power shortages.
 
Observation
 
In a presentation, the Chair of Global Environmental Health of Imperial College, London, Professor Majid Ezzati, urged the government to renew attention to inequality as a barrier to sustainable development and consider cities as policy innovators, and as a setting for social mobilization.
 
‘There is a disconnection between health services and urban planning. When this happens, cities can be locked in fragmented planning trajectories and modular can be distant from the social and policy context’, he observed.

Assurance
 
The Provost of University of Ghana, Professor Samuel Agyei-Mensah believed the partnership would create a leading research hub that would impact policy and planning in urban health and development.
 
The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resource, Mr Joseph Kofi Adda, assured his support to ensure conducive standards of living of citizens.