The ongoing national disinfection exercises in markets, lorry stations and other public places demonstrate government’s unrelenting resolve to eradicate the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in the country.
According to the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Asokwa, Mr Akwannuasah Gyimah, the ongoing 3rd phase of disinfection in markets and other public spaces demonstrated government’s commitment to eradicating the virus, thus the need for his outfit to also support in that regard.
“We are supporting the Zoomlion company with whatever assistance they need to make the exercise a success,” he noted.
The Asokwa MCE made the statement on Friday, November 13, 2020 during the third phase markets disinfection in the Ashanti Region.
He expressed his commitment to support Zoomlion to execute the exercise without any blemish.
He commended the market women for complying with the process even though on a short notice, while also appealing to the public to intensify the adherence to the Covid-19 protocols.
“My advice is that everybody should wear their mask and practise social distancing. Unfortunately people have relaxed on the protocols. I think if we are able to observe these protocols this virus can vanish,” the MCE emphasised.
The Ashanti Region General Manager (GM) of Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL) reiterated the need for the people in the region to continue observing the Covid protocols.
He stressed that observing the protocols had even become more crucial, especially as “our Covid cases have begun surging.”
“Anytime you decide to go to a public place always remember to wear a nose mask and carry along an alcohol-based hand sanitiser,” he advised.
According to Mr Asante Yeboah, Covid-19 was real, stressing that “all of us risk it if we do not take the Covid protocols seriously.”
He said the two-day exercise [Friday, November 13, 2020-Saturday, November 14, 2020] will cover over four hundred (400) markets in addition to lorry stations.
He explained that the disinfection does not entirely wipe out the virus from the system, however, it helps in reducing the rate of infection.
In the light of the above, he entreated traders in the various markets in the region to cooperate with Zoomlion to ensure a successful operation.
The exercise, a collaboration between the government and Zoomlion Ghana Limited, forms part of measures to deal with the current rising Covid infections in the country.
A trader at the Atonsu Market, Sister Ama, was full of praise for the government and Zoomlion, following the 3rd round of market disinfection.
However, she appealed to the government to look at the days when the exercise would be done, stating that Fridays and Saturdays were their market days.
The Ashanti regional exercise begun at the Agogo Community Market at Atonsu, a suburb of Kumasi, where all spaces in the markets were disinfected. The disinfection crew then moved to the Asokore-Mampong Lorry Terminal, Sepe-Tinpom all in the Asokore-Mampong Municipality, to replicate same.