About 78 markets together with lorry parks, public toilets and other public places were disinfected and fumigated in the Volta Region on Tuesday.
The exercise followed a huge clean-up operation last Monday by Dansworld International Services International Limited (DISL), in collaboration with Zoomlion Ghana Limited, in the region’s markets and public places.
Speaking at the launch at Ho Central Market, Volta Region Minister Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, explained that the exercise, which constituted phase-two of the national disinfection and fumigation, was part of control measures by central government to tackle the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.
He intimated that central government through the MLGRD is committed to winning the battle against COVID-19.
According to him, Volta Region is equally doing its bit to control the virus.
Against this backdrop, Dr . Letsa appealed to people of the region to always comply with the COVID-19 safety protocols.
However, he indicated that it is difficult ensuring social/physical distancing – especially in the markets, albeit the various metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) are doing the best.
“We are also trying to enforce the wearing of nose masks across the region, all as part of efforts to control spread of the virus in Volta Region,” the minister said.
He used the opportunity to praise security agencies comprising the military, police, fire service, prisons and the immigration service for their supportive roles in the war against COVID-19 in the region.
For his part, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dansworld International Services Limited, Mr. Bernard Danso Ntow, described his outfit’s partnership with Zoomlion as excellent.
“Our partnership with Zoomlion is the first of its kind, and so far it’s been excellent,” he said.
According to him, their scope of work – which will span three days – involves fumigating, disinfecting and a huge clean-up operation in the markets and public places.
While describing phase-two of the exercise as good, he however indicated that they will improve upon it in the next phase.
Mr. Danso Ntow therefore advised, particularly, market women to observe the COVID-19 preventive protocols.
“Yes, disinfection against the virus is good; but my advice to our market women is that they should continue to observe all the WHO-prescribed COVID-19 safety protocols,” he advised.
The exercise started at 7:30 a.m. at the Ho Central Market with DISL using atomisers, foggers and Knapsack sprayers to disinfect the market, and with drones carrying out the fumigation aspect.
Public places that benefitted from the exercise included the Assembly Mall, Intercity STC Terminal, Matse Ola Station and Sokode Station, all in Ho, among others.
It will be recalled that central government, through the MLGRD in March of this year, engaged Zoomlion Ghana Limited to disinfect all markets across the country to help control spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.