Ghana Police Service (GPS), in partnership with Zoomlion Ghana Limited, has commenced a nationwide disinfection and fumigation exercise to disinfect all Police Stations in the country against COVID-19.
The ‘Police-Zoomlion National Disinfection and Fumigation Exercise,’ which was launched at the National Police Training School, Tesano, Accra, on Wednesday, would also ensure the cleaning of surroundings of all police training schools (depots), police stations, barracks and their markets, offices, cells among other facilities.
In all 1,249 police stations across the 16 regions and Tema, and 6 training schools in Accra, Kumasi, Koforidua, Winneba, Ho and Bolga respectively are expected to benefit from the exercise.
Launching the exercise, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh, underscored that the fumigation and disinfection exercise has become very crucial, following the COVID-19 global pandemic.
He was particularly happy for the long-standing relationship and collaboration between the Police Administration and Zoomlion Ghana Limited,
Over the years, Zoomlion Ghana Limited has partnered the Police Service in several clean-up exercises across the country, pointing out that the results have been overwhelming, he recalled.
“….this is a special one [exercise], quite different from the ones that we have had previously with Zoomlion,” he said.
Mr Oppong-Boanuh explained that the exercise was one of the measures put in place by the central government to ensure that COVID-19 frontline workers and their families are protected while discharging their statutory duties.
On this score, he applauded the efforts of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his team for steering the country through these unprecedented times, and especially ensuring that COVID-19 frontline workers and safeguarded from the virus.
According to him, the exercise will take place simultaneously in all the regions across the country, beginning with police training schools.
The IGP used the opportunity to express the Police Administration’s gratitude to the CEO and staff members of Zoomlion Ghana Limited for partnering the Ghana Police Service to undertake this important exercise.
“To the personnel of the Ghana Police Service who have devoted and risked your lives to help enforce the restrictions to make sure that Ghanaians are safe, the Police Administration thanks you very much,” he expressed.
Against this background, he assured police personnel, especially those helping in the war against the virus that appropriate measures have been put in place to support them from contracting the virus, and also treat any officer who may be infected in the course of duty.
In his welcome address, the Director-Services, Ghana Police Service, Commissioner of Police (COP) George Alex Mensah, was full of praise for Zoomlion for its support in the nation’s fight against the coronavirus.
Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Jospong Group of Companies, Sophia Lissah, indicated that the Ghana Police Service has been at the forefront of the COVID-19 fight and the various police stations have been open to the public during the period and so the partnership is appropriate to ensure that the Stations are safe for public use.
Head of Disinfection Unit, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Rev. Ebenezer Kwame Addae, indicated that unlike the other disinfection exercises that the company has done, the cells are habitat to people and so will be given special attention to ensure that it is appropriately done. He further notified that the whole disinfection and fumigation exercise nationwide is to last span between three to four weeks.