The Health Minister, Kweku Agyeman Manu, has launched The Pest and Vector Control Association of Ghana.
Under the acronym PEVAG, the association is to help streamline the operations and activities of companies that offer services in Pest and Vector Control in Ghana.
The Health Minister, who launched the association at a ceremony yesterday, indicated that the initiative is in furtherance to government's efforts at minimizing the impact of diseases in the country.
The launch of the ceremony which brought together the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Association of Ghana Industries, among others, was under the theme: " Prioritizing infection prevention and vector control ".
In view of the theme , the Minister said the urgent need to regularise and standardize the operations of these companies cannot be overemphasized.
According to him, the formation of the association is coming at a time that efforts that were made in the past to prevent avoidable diseases have not yielded the needed results leading to needless deaths.
He, therefore gave the assurance that his Ministry is going to provide the needed policy direction and legislation towards achieving the goals of the association.
" My doors are always opened to the association in order to make the vector and pest control a very vibrant one", he stressed .
He asked the leadership of the association to continue to engage with all relevant stakeholders to share ideas.
The Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, who spoke at the launch, expressed gratitude to the President Akufo-Addo for believing in local companies by allowing them to disinfect and fumigate the country during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in Ghana.
It is the works of the local companies which has helped to see life returning to normal and more, especially with the vaccination, he noted.
When Ebola first broke, little was done by the government and stakeholders in terms of preparation for other pandemics.
But according to Mr Agyepong, the work done with regards to the Covid-19, has afforded industry players and the government to have a plan for future outbreaks of any pandemic.
In light of this, he noted that the formation of PEVAG, will help continue with the plan to fumigate and disinfect schools, homes, markets and public places
With formation of the association, he said professionals with hands-on experience who know which chemicals to use is assured.
"The ultimate goal is to make Ghana free from diseases ", he added.
The occasion was used to also outdoor the board and management of the association.
Speaking to Journalists, the Executive Secretary of PEVAG , Francis Asepola Albright, said professional and high use of technology was going to be the hallmark of the members of the association.
So far. 150 members he indicated have been registered.
The names and certification of these members , he revealed was going to be published.
Each of the members, he further revealed are trained by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Outlining the criteria to become a member of the association , Mr. Asepola Albright, said a company must be registered with the Registrar General and having been licensed by the EPA, as well as having trained spraying gang whose capacity is up to date.
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