Various markets in the Western Region, have been disinfected as part of the government and Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development disinfection exercise, making it one of the last two regions to complete the nationwide exercise, aimed at containing the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
The nationwide disinfection programme, which has seen markets in other regions disinfected and fumigated over the past weeks, is second of its kind after the Ministry, contracted waste management company Zoomlion for the first phase in March this year.
Last Saturday's exercise which coincided with Central Region's turn, had markets in places within the Shama District Assembly, the Sekondi Takoradi Municipal Assembly among others, thoroughly disinfected.
Dressed in protective working apparels, men and women from Zoomlions Victor Control Unit as early as 6am, commenced spraying every part of the markets to ensure that every virus, bacteria hiding everywhere is dealt with.
Their work, was complimented with drones.
In the same exercise which has been applauded, lorry parks, public toilets and other important public places left to the discretion of the Assemblies, were disinfected to ensure no stone was left unturned.
According to the Esikado-Sikan Metro Coordinating Director, John Nana Owu at his outfit alone, some 35 markets, lorry parks, public places of convenience were earmarked to be disinfected.
Mr Owu while commending government for the initiative, tasked Ghanaians to be disciplined and follow through the various World Health Organization (WHO) safety protocols.
He disagreed with a section of the public, who have disagreed with the continuous easing of Ghana's restriction put in place earlier by President Akufo-Addo, saying Ghana like many others elsewhere, has got to implement measures that can help it citizens live their lives, whiles lasting solutions are searched for.
District Chief Executive (DCE) of Shama, Joseph Amoah, who recounted the devastation the global virus has caused, said the prudent measures put in place by the President, has to a large extent, helped manage the virus.
At the district level, Mr Amoah, eloquently broke the numbers down, saying the district has recorded 83 positive cases with 78 recovered or discharged, remaining five active cases.
In the region, he said some 2697 cases have been confirmed with six, including the STMA Mayor, K.K Sam, dying from the virus.
A total of 2544 have, however, recovered or discharged remaining 136 active cases.
According to the DCE, 23 students in the district were affected, but they have successfully recovered.
The DCE commended the district health directorate for their contribution and providing the necessary PPEs for health professionals.
For the exercise, Mr Amoah, said 13 markets and 49 selected public places, including public places of convenience, CHPS Compounds, would be disinfected.
He applauded the effort of Zoomlion for it role over the period and their work was going to be monitored closely by environmental health department for final report to the appropriate authorities.
He was convinced the exercise will be tackle with all seriousness, knowing what the company is capable of.
Some of the markets and other public places visited by the media team were: Shama Junction Market, Shama Abor Market and Taxi Rank, Kojokrom market and lorry park, public toilet, Shama Taxi Station, Beposo Market etc.