The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) in collaboration with the Ablekuma West Municipal Assembly on Monday, commenced a disinfection exercise to sanitise the Dansoman market.
The exercise formed part of the activities earmarked by the Ministry to promote hygiene in markets and seek the cooperation of the public in the quest to control the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.
The exercise was conducted by the MLGRD team in collaboration with officials from the Municipal Assembly, workers from Zoomlion Ghana Limited and representatives from the National Disaster Management Organisation.
The Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Monday morning around the 0730 hours, observed that shops in the market were shut, while goods on sale at the market were packed appropriately for the exercise to be conducted.
Mr Eric Binney, a newspaper vendor at the Dansoman market, told the GNA that traders at the market were given prior notice of the disinfection exercise on Friday March 20 and Saturday March 21, by communicators from the Municipal Assembly and other market officials.
The traders, he said, were cautioned to close down their shops for the exercise to be conducted.
“I planned not to work today but this morning, newspapers were provided to us by some media houses. So I need to be here and sell,” he said.
Some of the personnel deployed to disinfect the markets, told the GNA that vantage points earmarked for the exercise included the Dansoman market, Lorry Station (last stop), and some principal streets and explained that the exercise was going to take at least six hours to cover the whole place.
The disinfection exercise was a directive from the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to strengthen measures in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 in the country.