Some churches in Accra have had their auditoriums and premises disinfected in compliance with the government directives to them as part of the coronavirus protocols for the resumption of religious activities in the country.
Religious activities in Ghana was halted for over two months as part of raft measures introduced by the government in March to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus which has now affected over 9,000 people in the country.
After weeks of wider stakeholder consultations, President Nana Akufo-Addo last weekend announced the easing of the restrictions to among others, enable religious activities to resume but amid tight protocols.
Religious bodies are mandated to disinfect their venues before resumption and also at least once every month.
A number of churches in Accra on Saturday engaged waste management experts, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, as recommended by government, to fumigate their church auditoriums and premises in preparation towards reopening of church service.
Four of them – Victory Bible Church International Headquarters (Dominion Sanctuary) at Awoshie, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church of Ghana, St Mary Anglican Church and the Christian Divine Church, all at Tema New Town have been disinfected by Zoomlion with the WHO-approved chemical.
At the end of the exercise, each church was certified with a covid-19 disinfection sticker which was posted at the entrance of the auditoriums to inform users that the place has been disinfected and cleared for use as directed by the government.
“So watch out and make sure that the churches that you’re entering are really disinfected before you access them,” Project Coordinator for Corporate Social Responsibility at Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Lola Asiseh Ashitey advised.
The Churches, she said, were also issued with a certificate of attestation.
“The virus is real; it is real. We don’t have to compromise on safety, we don’t have to compromise on the safety protocols so as your church has been disinfected, make sure that when you’re coming into the premises you wear your nose mask, observe social distancing.
She said following the President’s directive to religious bodies to disinfect their venue for worshiping, a number of churches have contacted Zoomlion Ghana Limited, which has been at the forefront of the covid-19 disinfection in the country, to disinfect their venues.
The churches, she noted, “do not have money so we are making sure that we are able to serve them with the little that they have to make sure that they can access their church premises”.