Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, has launched the second phase of the disinfection exercise in senior high and basic schools in the Central Region to be carried out by Zoomlion Ghana Limited
The event which was launched at the Regional Coordinating Council in Cape Coast Thursday, created a platform for police chiefs, health and educational directors in the region to brainstorm and issue a communiqué on enforcing the Covid-19 directives in schools.
According to the regional minister, the disinfection of both private and public senior high schools in the region will create a safe and proper environment for final-year students who are to resume academic work from next week.
He recounted how Zoomlion fumigated SHSs in the region against bedbug infestations.
Mr Duncan said the police had also been charged to ensure compliance with the Covid-19 safety protocols, especially on wearing of nose masks, on the various campuses and the region.
He also entreated persons enforcing the Covid-19 preventive protocols to take their roles serious, cautioning that there will be consequences should they fail to live up to their responsibilities.
Central Regional Health Director, Dr Owusu Sarpong, said the region’s Covid-19 cases as of Thursday, June 18, 2020, stood at 694, with 146 recoveries. She said, of the Covid-19 cases recorded in the region, 10 to 15% were mild.
She used the opportunity to show appreciation to the government for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the health directorate.
The Regional Police Commander, DCOP Paul Awuni, indicated that his outfit has mapped out a simple operational strategy for the schools.
This, he said, is to ensure that the protocols were strictly enforced in the schools.
He cautioned that they will not hesitate to arrest and process for court, persons who breach any of the safety protocols.
“We shall arrest people who refuse to wear nose masks and process them before the courts for them to answer why they are flouting the directives,” he warned.
For her part, the Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, Zoomlion Ghana Limited assured all stakeholders of her company’s commitment to supporting the government in the country’s fight against Covid-19.
She disclosed that her company had already disinfected about 100 SHSs in the region.
“We have also begun the disinfection of about 2,460 basic schools including 882 private schools,” she revealed.
She has thus encouraged parents to send their children to school, assuring that the schools’ environments were safe.
The Central Region Manager of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Ernest Osei, said because of the magnitude of work in the region, his Zoomlion subcontracted its partners to help complete the exercise on time.
He, however, added that these subcontracted companies were under the supervision of Zoomlion officers.
The spraying gang of Zoomlion moved to the A.M.E Zion B&C School to disinfect its classrooms and offices immediately after the launch.
At Mfantsipim SHS where another group disinfected, the Assistant Headmaster in charge of Academics, William Mitchual, said the exercise will give the students the confidence to come back, study for their final examinations.
According to him, all arrangements are in place to ensure that the students feel safe to work within the 11-week period they will be on campus.