The Municipal Chief Executive of the Bolgatanga Assembly Mr. Amiyuure Joseph has called on stakeholders to redouble their efforts in ensuring that the country does not record a second wave of COVID-19.
Speaking to journalists at the start of the third phase of the Market Disinfection exercise by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Amiyuure said, “it is time for us to redouble our efforts to ensure that we don’t record a second wave of the pandemic. All stakeholders must be on deck to educate people on how to prevent the spread of this dangerous disease”.
On what his assembly is doing to support central government’s efforts at containing the rising cases of COVID-19, Mr Amiyuure disclosed that, “the assembly is collaborating with the health directorate to embark on educational campaigns to make sure people take care of themselves. Though the municipality has no new cases of COVID-19, we recently sent some samples for testing so we are waiting for the results”.
The exercise which is being carried out by waste management Giants ZOOMLION kick-started at the Bolgatanga old Market and moved to other markets in the municipality and the Upper East Region including Builsa North and South, Kassena-Nankani, Bawku West, Bawku and Kassena-Nankani West areas where over 90 markets are benefiting from the exercise.
At the Kassena-Nankani Municipality the Municipal Environmental Health and Sanitation Officer Mr. Pious Akambe explained that, the ongoing disinfection exercise is aimed at killing all disease causing organisms in the markets, lorry parks etc. thereby, protecting the people from coming into contact with the virus.
The first and second nationwide disinfection exercise he indicated, contributed tremendously to government’s efforts in fighting COVID-19 in the country indicating that, he is of a firm believe that the third exercise would help reduce the current rise.
The District Manager for Builsa South, Mr. Akobanyam Isaac Azunbiils also disclosed that, the exercise covers 7 markets including that of Weisi, Unasi, Fumbisi, Gbedema, Kanjarga, Dogminga and Gbedembilsi, all under the District.
Among the areas disinfected in Upper East Region include, Bolgatanga central market, lorry parks and toilets, likewise markets, lorry parks and toilets within Kasena Nankana Municipality, markets, toilets and lorry parks within Builsa North Municipality.
In an interview, the beneficiary mark operators together with some drivers, expressed their appreciations to President Akufo Addo and Zoomlion Ghana Limited for the effort being made to protect Ghanaians from contracting the virus.
They however urged the government to continue with the quarterly disinfection exercise until Ghana is declared free from COVID-19.
Markets, lorry parks and public toilets6 across Upper East Region has been disinfected as part of government’s efforts in making sure all the 16 regions are benefited from the exercise to prevent further spreading.
The third disinfection exercise is currently going on across the 16 regions of Ghana, which forms part of the government’s continuous efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and also rid public places of bacteria, viruses and other microscopic organisms.