The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, has partnered waste management firm, Zoomlion to clean the Ashanti Region as part of it nationwide market disinfection exercise to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
The exercise, which took two days---- Monday and Wednesday, covered some 46 metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies and some 350 markets.
The Tech Junction, Adum, Asafo, Kwadaso, Diane, High School Junction markets and many others, were all covered on Wednesday.
Earlier on Monday night, ahead of the disinfection exercise the following day, the entire Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), was cleaned.
According to the KMA Mayor, Osei Assibey Antwi, over 560,000 tonnes of waste were collected from that night alone, instead of the usual 450,000 tonnes of waste per day.
Mr Assibey Antwi, praised the commitment by President Akufo-Addo, to contain the virus by ensuring that pragmatic measures are rolled out for the containment of the virus.
He applauded again, the contribution of Zoomlion, the various security agencies and especially the Ministry on it quest to get the markets and surroundings clean.
High School Junctions Tafo Station, Station Master Kwame Abu, commended the partnership between government and Zoomlion, saying it will help keep the surroundings clean to curb diseases.
Mr Abu, particularly praised Zoomlion supervisors in the area for ensuring that the station and other places within, are thoroughly cleaned daily.
In the wake of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the Station Master, said all the safety protocol measures, especially the wearing of facemasks and social distancing, are adhered to help contain the virus.
He said, routinely, passengers, drivers and their "mates" properly wear their facemasks before they are allowed to board or move to any part of the regional capital.
He said, failure to observe these protocols meant that, the driver his mate or the passenger, won't be allowed in the vehicle.
Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, urged the Assemblies to sustain the initiative started by the government to prevent outbreak of certain preventable diseases such as malaria and cholera.
He assured the region, would continue to implement measures that would help contain the virus, but was quick to add that all, especially the media, must support efforts by the authorities.