Two institutions the University of Education and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) have benefited from the Zoomlion Ghana Limited wide-scale disinfection of tertiary institutions across the country.
The exercise forms part of Zoomlion’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) aimed at helping to contain the fight against the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which is sweeping countries across the globe.
At the GIMPA campus at Legon, a team of Zoomlion sprayers disinfected lecture halls, offices, residential facilities of lecturers and the entire GIMPA campus. The sprayers used chlorine-based chemicals and smoke disinfectant machine for the exercise.
Speaking to journalists after the exercise, the deputy Rector of GIMPA, Professor Philip Duku Osei, thanked Zoomlion, adding that the “exercise has been useful to us in several ways.”
One of such ways, he intimated, was that while the students were away because of the covid-19, it will help create a healthy environment for academic work when they return.
He, therefore, appealed to Zoomlion to extend the disinfection to facilities close to the institute.
However, Professor Osei indicated that had ZGL not come to their aid, his outfit would have put in place measures towards ensuring that the entire school was disinfected.
But, the deputy rector of GIMPA stressed that the Zoomlion’s exercise has been beneficial, adding that “it has come in handy. We are grateful to Zoomlion, the government of Ghana and Citi TV for the initiative”.
According to Prof Osei, in order not to shortchange students, the institute has rolled a learning management system, which started last Monday.
*UEW also benefits*
The University of Education, Winneba has benefited from the disinfection exercise by Zoomlion.
The disinfection exercise which started at 7: 00 AM where the North, South and Central campuses of the university were disinfected appropriately.
BestNewsGH.com reports the Vector Control Coordinator for Zoomlion, Gideon Sogbey as calling on school authorities to contain the spread of COVID-19 by putting in measures to help control the spread of the virus when schools open.
According to Mr. Sogbey, they should try as much as possible to contain the spread of the virus since the university is a public place and it is easy for the virus to spread.
According to him 78 areas on campus were disinfected as well as bungalows, and various faculties of the university.
“In the end a total of 78 areas were disinfected as well as faculties and bungalows belonging to lecturers” Gideon Sogbey said.
I also want to advice the university to make available Veronica buckets and some hand sanitizer in all areas of the school for the use of both staff and students of the school he added.
Pro Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Andy Ofori – Birikorang indicated that the University as part of measures to prevent the spread of the virus on campus has reduced the staff strength by allowing some staff to go on break.
“We know that we also have our part to play and as part of measures we have reduced our staff strength to curtail the spread, staff of the university are also adhering to the social distancing protocols”the Pro VC said.
“Since this exercise has been done it means that the anxiety, the fear and panic that comes with waking up every morning not knowing what will happen on campus is gone” he noted.