The Eastern Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Afful Boakye Yiadom, says no police officer or suspects in police cells in the region has contracted the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
“No infection has also been recorded among the prisoners in our custody,” he stated
DCOP Boakye Yiadom was speaking at the launch of the disinfection and fumigation exercise of police facilities in his region.
According to him, the command has strictly adhered to all the safety protocols since the outbreak of Covid-19.
That, he said, is to ensure a Covid-19 free of his officers, their families and suspect in the various cells throughout the region.
“I am, therefore, confident that the fumigation and disinfection exercise which is about to start in all our facilities will further enhance our protection against the virus,” he said.
The exercise, he disclosed, will be carried out in eight divisions, 35 districts and 106 police stations including various cells across the region.
DCOP Boakye Yiadom said police officers in the region have been directed to allow Zoomlion Ghana Limited easy access to their facilities for the exercise.
For his part, the Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour, whose speech was read on his behalf by his Deputy, Samuel Nuertey Ayertey, stressed the need for residents in the region to take the Covid-19 safety protocols serious.
He intimated that the Covid-19 disease was real, adding that “the best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the Covid-19 virus, its causes and how it spreads.”
According to him, the region has recorded 118 cases with 88 recoveries as of Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
He said the virus that causes Covid-19 infects people of all ages.
“However, evidence to date suggests that two groups of people are at a higher risk of getting severe Covid-19 disease.”
These, he said, were older people above age 60 and those with underlying medical conditions.
Public Jobs Manager for Zoomlion Ghana Limited in the Eastern Region, Faustina Shardey, explained that the collaboration between the Ghana Police Service and her outfit was crucial, especially as the police were one of the frontline workers in the Covid-19 fight.
She said the company will use six days for the exercise.