The series of Covid-19 disinfection of various facilities and installations across the country by Zoomlion Ghana Limited have significantly improved Ghana’s efforts at halting the spread of the deadly virus, an impact assessment has shown.
Since the outbreak of the global pandemic in Ghana early this year, the waste management giant has been at the forefront of the fight and disinfected thousands of schools, markets, churches, mosques, police and military installations among other public places against the virus.
Markets have received two rounds of disinfection while schools are currently being disinfected for the third time by Zoomlion in partnership with the government of Ghana.
General Manager of Zoomlion in charge of the Eastern Corridor Zone Edmond Kweku Vidjah told journalists Thursday in Yendi that the Covid-19 disinfection has showed great results in the national fight against the spread of the virus.
That coupled with the various interventions by the government, he said, is producing positive results in the overall fight against the virus, which has so far infected 46,222 people in Ghana and killed 299 of them.
“We’ve also looked at the impact of the exercises and the various interventions by the government and we can attest that gradually we are kicking covid-19 away,” he said after Zoomlion personnel disinfected schools in the Yendi area.
He added: “If you look at the incidence of the Covid-19, we’ve had over the past few months (two or three months) we acknowledge the fact that it has indeed gone down and I think it is largely due to this particular intervention and other intervention by the government.”
Classroom blocks, dormitories, offices, dining halls, assembly halls and mosques among other facilities in basic and senior high schools within the East Mamprusi and East Gonja districts as well as adjoining districts were on Wednesday and Thursday disinfected with WHO-approved chemicals.
The schools included the Dagbon State Senior High Technical School, Yendi Senior High School and Gbungbaliga R/C JHS.
In all, 1, 859 basic schools and about 34 second cycle institutions in the Eastern corridor zone are benefiting from the disinfection.
The disinfection forms part of measures taken by the government to protect students and staff of the various schools who are to return to the classrooms from October 5 for resumption of academic work.
Mr Vidjah indicated that the third round of disinfection of schools, which started nationwide from Wednesday, has so far been good.
“So far, it’s been good; plans have gone through as expected,” he observed.
The General Manager, however, revealed they are faced with a slight challenge in accessing some schools within some communities due to the recent floods.
“The only challenge we’ve had for this round of exercise is the fact that it has rained and our side of the northern region here some of the communities have been cut off some have somehow submerged so accessing these communities and the schools there has become a problem,” he said.
As a result, he said they are now focusing on schools in communities which have not been affected by the floods after which they would tackle the affected communities using possibly canoes.