One hundred and seventeen markets within 14 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Western Region will be disinfected on Monday, April 6, 2020.
Public places, which include lorry stations, will also be disinfected with chlorine of high concentration. It is expected that 1,698 sprayers will be engaged during the disinfection.
The exercise will be undertaken by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, in collaboration with Zoomlion Ghana, a wholly-owned Ghanaian private waste management company, with support from all the units of the Western Regional Coordination Council (WRCC).
Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, Western Regional Minister, at a press briefing in Sekondi explained that the disinfection exercise is to contain and prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID I9).
“It is expected that all stakeholders in all the 14 MMDAs, especially market women (traders), transport operators, security operatives, the media and the general public would lend their support and co-operate with the teams from Zoomlion to ensure the success of the exercise.
According to him, the role of the assemblies in this important national exercise is to ensure its success “All activities by Zoomlion workers at the local level must be monitored and coordinated by the assemblies and assistance provided where necessary,” he said.
He mentioned that a number of measures are being implemented by the WRCC in the combat against COVID -19 which include, reactivation of Joint Operation Center to co-ordinate, monitor and enforce the President’s directives on COVID-19 and reactivation of Regional Public Health and Emergency Rapid Response Team in all the 14 District Teams.
He pointed out that the Takoradi Hospital, Kwesimintsim, Hospital, Essikado Hospital, and Sycamore Hospital, all in the Western Region, have been designated as Isolation Centers to handle suspected cases of COVID 19.
“There have been 24 hours screening of all passengers to the region at Badukrom and other entry points by health officials with support from security operatives. Thankfully, these measures have yielded fruitful results as Western Region has not recorded any positive case. Samples of all suspected cases sent to Noguchi for testing have turned out to be negative.
Everyone, especially market transport operators and women/traders, must adhere to the social distancing guidelines at the markets and observe hygiene protocols. I believe with all of us supporting government and also with our full co-operation this deadly disease would be defeated sooner than later,” he concluded.