3rd nationwide disinfection exercise begins to curb COVID-19 spread


Markets in Ahafo benefit from exercise

The third phase of the national market disinfection exercise is currently underway in six districts of the Ahafo Region.

The districts are Asunafo North, Asunafo South, Asutifi North, Asutifi South, Tano North and Tano South.

The exercise – aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 disease in the country – is a collaboration between government and waste management expert Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL).

The exercise started in the early hours of Tuesday [November 10, 2020] at Goaso Market in the Asunafo North district, which also saw all markets, shops and other public places in the district disinfected.

Also markets in Ayemso, Asumbra, Dominase and Mim – all in the Ahafo Region, were disinfected. At all the market centres there were police personnel who ensured compliance and smooth execution of the exercise.

Speaking to the media, the Regional Coordinating Director, Mr. Samuel Donkor, explained that the disinfection had become necessary because of a resurgence of the virus. He therefore entreated all stakeholders to comply in order to ensure a successful operation.

While commending government for its efforts, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Asunafo North Municipal Assembly, Yaw Osei-Boahen, emphasised that the quarterly disinfection is crucial to the nation’s quest to defeat the virus.

“That is the reason why the municipal assembly is once again collaborating with Zoomlion to spray our markets and keep them healthy and safe for transactions,” he noted.

The Zoomlion Ghana Limited Public Jobs Manager for Bono and Ahafo Regions, Mr. George Manu, said his outfit is expected to disinfect sixty-six (66) markets (comprising small, medium and big markets).

According to him, they started with the disinfection on Monday (November 9, 2020) at markets in the villages of Ahafo.

He said Ghana has one of the best strategies for fighting the virus in Africa, thereby praising the current government.

He therefore used the occasion to encourage Ghanaians to continue complying with the COVID-19 safety protocols.

For her part, the Market Queen-mother of Goaso – Nana Rose Akua Afriyie, urged the municipal assembly to ensure that refuse bins filled with refuse are regularly emptied – and on time – to avoid the spread of contagious diseases.

According to her, their members have been instructed not to attend people who arrive there not wearing nose masks.

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