Waste management expert, Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL), has disinfected five ministries together with a number of state agencies.
These were the ministries of education (MoE), youth and sports (MoYS), local government and rural development (MLGRD), interior (MoI) and Justice (MoJ).Â
Also benefiting from the exercise were the Ghana Education Service (GES), National Population Secretariat, Office of the Attorney General and Controller and Accountant General's Department.
The exercise, which was done recently in the ministries area within the national capita l-Accra - was part of steps by the central government to sanitise the state institutions and protect its staff members from the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).Â
The first port of call for the Zoomlion disinfection crew was the MoE. And here the disinfection crew sprayed the entire ministry, its open spaces and various offices.Â
The same was done in the other state institutions which were all located within the same enclave.
Speaking to a cross-section of journalists on the sideline of the exercise, the Head of Communications, MoE, Mr Vincent Assifuah, explained that the exercise had been necessitated by the country's Covid-19 caseload which kept soaring.
"Before we re-opened the basic schools, senior high schools (SHSs) and tertiary institutions, the ministry of education ensured that they were fumigated. Now it has also become necessary for us to fumigate our ministry, basically, because we feel that the [Covid-19] numbers are growing high, and we need to protect our ministry,"Â
For that reason, he said, the leadership of MoE in collaboration with the GES resolved that their premises be disinfected to protect especially the staff members from the coronavirus pandemic.
Against this backdrop, Mr Asiafuah stated that all the inner circle staff members of the minister for education who had contracted the virus were doing well, adding that "they were not showing any signs of the coronavirus disease."
He added that in no time these staff members will "resume to work and work for mother Ghana."Â
He further disclosed that so far about thirteen (13) SHS students across the country had contracted the virus, stressing this number of Covid-19 cases did not warrant the closure of all SHSs in the country.
For her part, the Coordinator for the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Disinfection Exercise of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mrs Lola Asiseh Ashitey, said that in addition to the disinfection it was crucial that staff members of these ministries observed all the Covid-19 safety protocols.
She further advocated for the need for regular disinfection.
"So we are doing disinfection again because we have the logistics and personnel to carry out any disinfection exercise," she said.
She assured that her outfit will continue to support the central government in the war against the Covid-19 pandemic.