Disinfection

A total of 124 markets and business enclaves and lorry stations in the Central Region were on Monday disinfected as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID -19 pandemic.

The exercise done under the auspices of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, was undertaken by Moderpest, a Fumigation Company with support from security services, the Regional Coordinating Council and the local Assemblies.

It brought business activities in most central business districts in the region to a halt as shop operators, hawkers, petty traders, mobile money agents and prospective buyers were all absent.

In Cape Coast, the exercise started around 0715 hours at the Kotokuraba Market and spread through other principal streets to lorry stations in the Metropolis.

The sprayers of Moderpest were grouped into teams and moved to other suburbs of the Metropolis including; Abura, Efutu, UCC Science market, London Bridge among others.

Other notable places disinfected in the metropolis included; the New Cape Coast stadium, Siwdu mechanic shops, Tantri lorry and Elmina stations and the Anafo and Thursday Markets.

At Mankessim in the Mfanteman Municipality, the team disinfected the Mankessim market, which is one of the biggest in the region, the Accra Lorry Station before moving to the principal streets in the municipality.
They also desilted gutters including; the ones along the highway.

Speaking in an interview with the media, Mr Kwamena Duncan, Central Regional Minister commended the people especially market women and commercial drivers for their maximum cooperation during the exercise.

He described the exercise as a success and said Government would not renege on its commitment to provide the necessary resources needed in the fight against COVID-19, while calling for maximum cooperation form Ghanaians.

Mr Duncan disclosed that a total of 86 specimen of suspected COVID-19 cases were sent to Noguchi for testing, with 84 which had come out negative while two results were pending.

He assured of the region’s preparedness to handle any recorded case and appealed to the public to follow the physical protocols and the President’s directives to prevent the spread of the disease.

Mr Akwasi Kwarteng, Director of Moderpest expressed satisfaction about the exercise and said the company deployed over 500 personnel made up of supervisors, drivers and sprayers.

He said three different chemicals were used for the exercise and hoped that the disinfection would go a long way to control the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

Some individuals who spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview commended the Government for the approach to the COVID-19 pandemic and expressed optimism that the disease would varnish in the coming weeks.

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