Ten suspects in police cells within the Tema Region have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus, Commander for the area, DCOP Edward Johnson Akrofi-Oyirifi, has revealed.
Nine of them, he said, were from Ashaiman police cells while the other one was recorded in a cell in Kpone.
The Regional Commander made the disclosure on the sidelines of a disinfection and fumigation exercise at the Tema Regional Police Command Thursday.
He however said none of the police personnel in Tema has tested positive for the disease so far.
“Thankfully, all the other inmates who were in the cells with these Covid-19 inmates have tested negative, and have thus been transported to the Ankaful Prisons,” the regional commander revealed.
DCOP Akrofi-Oyirifi further indicated that to ensure the safety of these Covid-19 suspects, his outfit has moved motions at the courts for them to be isolated and treated.
On social and physical distancing in the cells, he stated that the suspects were more protected in the cells.
This, he said, was because by confining them in the cells, they were not exposed to the rest of the population.
“So I think that even they being in the cells was better for them because then they are isolated and quarantined from the rest of the Ghanaian population,” he stated.
The commander has meanwhile praise his officers who were deployed for the partial lockdown duties.
“Our personnel in the deployment during the partial lockdown were always brave to educate people who were commuting to Tema and its environs and I must say that they were professional in dealing with the lockdown directives,” he said.
His officers, he said, remain resolute in the fight against the global pandemic, noting the Regional Security Council is collaborating with the metropolitan assemblies to enforce the “No Face Mask, No Entry” directive in Tema to ensure that the virus is contained.
“We also have officers who regularly patrol the region to make sure that residents, factories, pharmacy shops among others were strictly adhering to the Covid-19 preventive protocols,” he added.
The disinfection and fumigation exercise which is collaboration between the Ghana Police Service and Zoomlion Ghana Limited will cover four divisions and 14 districts under the Tema Regional Police Command.
The exercise will include the disinfection of police stations, cells, offices and barracks.
“They have started with the regional headquarters and from here they will be moving to the various divisions,” DCOP Akrofi-Oyirifi said.
The Tema Regional Manager, for Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Seth Appiah, the police have been very cooperative with the exercise which is being done by twenty people.