Story by: Ebenezer Kofi Amponsah
As part of efforts to fight COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ghana, Zoomlion in partnership with the local Government ministry has began a nationwide disinfection exercise.
The exercise which began in the Gt. Accra region started at the Mallam-Atta market, Nima, Maamobi and continued to Agbogloshie, Kaneshie, Madina, Ada, Weija among others.
Apart from disinfecting the market centres, some principal streets at Nima, Maamobi, and malam Atta market were also disinfected.
According to the sector minister, Hajia Alima Mahama, the disinfection exercise which was undertaken in all the 29 metropolitan, municipal and Districts Assemblies will be replicated across the country.
In an interterview with the press, a member of the communication team at the local Government ministry, Jonathan Aboagye, said the exercise which was carried out in 29 metropolitan, municipal Districts Assemblies in the Gt. Accra region received maximum cooperation in all the areas.
He said ” since 3 am, the military and all relevant stakeholders including Zoomlion, AMA, media have really supported the exercise in all the areas we are supposed to disinfect which we appreciate so much. We have received information that areas such as Ada, Ashaiman, Sege have all had a successful exercise.
He however indicated that despite some challenges the disinfection team faced at the onset of the exercise due to delay in the dispatch of materials to various markets centres, they were able to meet their targets in Accra.
Some residents who spoke to the press expressed their appreciation to the Government for taken such a measure towards the fight against the disease.
Statistics from Ghana Health Service on COVID-19 (coronavirus)
As of 22 March 2020, 14:00 Hr. a total of 315 suspected cases have been tested for COVID-19 by Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).
Twenty-four (24) of these have been confirmed at the laboratory as COVID-19. Twenty-three of the confirmed cases are receiving treatment in isolation and one (1) of the cases who had underlying chronic pulmonary condition prior to having COVID-19 has died.
Among the confirmed cases, seventeen (17) are of Ghanaian nationality and seven (7) other nationals namely: Norway, Lebanon, China, France, UK.
With regards to contact tracing, a total of 575 contacts have been identified and are being tracked.
One (1) of the contacts developed symptoms and has been confirmed positive.
All the other twenty-three (23) confirmed cases are being managed in isolation; and are doing well on treatment