The ongoing nationwide disinfection exercise of police station has hit the Bono Region, with over 50 facilities disinfected.
These facilities include police cells, charge offices, barracks, offices and private residences of personnel.
Speaking to the media, the Regional Staff Officer of the Bono Regional Police Command – Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Okai Patrick Kodjoe, said the exercise was sanctioned by the Inspector General of Police and police administration to ensure safety of personnel in the second wave of COVID-19.
ASP Okai said the exercise is taking place in 50 police facilities in the region, and that the command should make all facilities available to be disinfected.
He added that the exercise will ensure the safety of complainants, suspects and personnel of the service.
“We are all going to cooperate to ensure that all the protocols are duly observed in the region,” he stated.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Sunyani Municipal Assembly, Mr. Owusu Justina Banahene, said the only way the region can combat COVID-19 is by strict adherence to the protocols.
The MCE said since Ghana has not received the vaccine to fight spread of the virus, there is a need to keep the environment clean and intact by embarking on constant disinfection, wearing nose masks, washing hands, and religiously following the other safety protocols.
She said since the outbreak of COVID-19, the region has recorded 66 confirmed cases but no death has been recorded.
Mrs. Esther Abayeta Asadoo, the Bono Regional Manager, said the exercise is to contain the rising incidence of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Mrs. Asadoo said since the police are the forefront in enforcing the protocols, and also protecting lives and property, there is a need for such disinfection exercises in the country.
She said after a series of disinfections in the country over outbreak of the virus, the numbers reduced drastically – “but somehow we relaxed, hence the spread of the second wave”.
Mrs. Asadoo said, so far, the police have cooperated with the exercise and advised all Ghanaians to know that COVID-19 is real and must guard against its spread.
The areas disinfected included Sunyani Regional Command and Divisional, Dorman Division, Chira police station, Abesim, Nsoatre, Fiapre, Odumasi, Atornie and many other police installations in the region.
Equipment used by Zoomlion Ghana Limited in the nationwide disinfection exercise comprises electrostatic Foggers, truck-mounted atomiser, disinfection drones, multipurpose road sprayers, hand thermal foggers and Knapsack Spraying machines.
The use of such high-quality equipment enabled Zoomlion to cover enough ground in its disinfection exercises.
The chemicals used for the disinfection exercise were approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and is safe for use in open and enclosed spaces.
The company has been using disinfectants that are chlorine-based and contain sodium hypochlorite.
Per the WHO-approved standards, Chlorine-based solutions are safe and used for water treatment; and is most effective in killing bacteria, fungi and viruses, including the influenza virus.