Story: Ato KEELSON, BACK FROM
UPPER EAST & WEST REGION
AS part of the central government’s measures to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2, otherwise known as coronavirus (COVID-19), over one thousand sprayers were deplored to disinfect all the markets within the various districts of the Upper East and West Regions on Wednesday (April 1, 2020).
In all, a total of 215 market centres were disinfected in the two regions: the breakdown of which was Upper East—105 and Upper West—110.
The exercise—which was done simultaneously in the two regions—was under the supervision of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), in conjunction with Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL), a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies.
It was to help enhance hygienic conditions, following the increasing cases of COVID-19 recorded in Ghana. Already Wa, the regional capital of Upper West, has recorded its first Covid-19 case, sending shivers down the spine of many of the residents.
The exercise was carried out simultaneously in all the selected market centres across the various districts in both the Upper East and West Regions.
For the Upper West exercise, exactly at 6:00 a.m., sprayers numbering about 338, had converged on the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), awaiting for instructions from their leaders to begin disinfecting the markets
Significantly, all shops in the market centres closed to facilitate the exercise.
Addressing the gathering, the Upper West Regional Minister, Hafiz Bin Salih, said that the spraying would be followed by a clean-up exercise.
According to him, weekly markets in all the major markets in the region have been banned, in line of enabling patrons and the traders to adhere to social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The first point for the sprayers was the Wa Market, (which is close to the Wa Lorry Station), which was followed by the Wa Fadama market. Others were the Nadowli market, Jirapa market, Lawra market among others.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Nadowli Kaleo, Catherine T-Lankonoo, thanked all those who participated in the exercise.