The Western Naval Command at Sekondi in the Western Region has been disinfected against the deadly novel coronavirus as part of Zoomlion Ghana Limited’s voluntary disinfection exercise.
The exercise is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
More than 100 Zoomlion personnel arrived at the Command Monday morning to spray the barracks for personnel, the various offices within the Command as well as the entire premises.
About eight vessels of the Command were also disinfected.
Flight Officer Commanding, Commodore E.A. Kwafo, described the exercise as a “thorough” one and commended Zoomlion Ghana Limited for extending its free disinfection exercise to his command.
Earlier last Friday, Zoomlion disinfected the barracks, park and various offices of the Eastern Naval Command at the Tema Naval Base. Two navy ships at the Tema Harbour Berth 9, Gns Eshworp.37 and Gns Bonsup.31, were also disinfected.
Addressing journalists after the exercise, Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) the Eastern Naval Command, Commodore Samuel Walker lauded Zoomlion Ghana Limited for the gesture.
“This whole exercise started with just a phone call from the general headquarters of the Ghana Armed Forces—just last weekend. And Zoomlion followed it up with a coordinating conference a couple of days ago,” he recalled.
According to him, he was excited when approval was given for the exercise.
“They were here on time and carried out the exercise with military precision and professionalism”, he said and wondered whether the Zoomlion personnel did not have military background.
He said that personnel at the command were strictly observing all the COVID-19 protocols.
“So far, to God be the glory, we have not recorded any positive [Covid-19] case in the command,” he joyously expressed.
He recounted that some of his personnel were deployed during the partial lockdown period.
“We contributed troops as part of the operations and we supported the Southern Command for these operations, and after, our personnel were made to go through mandatory testing and … all of them came out clean,” he revealed.
Commodore Walker further noted the navy has deployed personnel along the country’s beaches to help enforce the ban on social gathering among other protocols.
The Command, he said, will not relent in its efforts to enforce the Covid-19 preventive protocols that have been instituted.
“We have deployed our personnel along the beaches, adding that for the Eastern Naval Command. Our area of responsibility stretches from Winneba-Aflao,” he said.
Accordingly he said the command has had interactions with the fisher-folks as well as the chiefs in these areas, indicating that the cooperation has been cordial so far.
However, he explained that because navy officers cannot patrol the beaches 24/7, they have given residents along the beaches special phone numbers to enable them report any person engaged in activities contrary to any of the safety protocols.
“We have also been working with the MCEs to enforce the protocols and carrying out patrols within the Tema metropolis. And of course, when you are coming to the base it is mandatory for every person, irrespective of your background, to wear nose mask and go through the protocols before you enter this place,” Commodore Walker stated.
For her part, the National Coordinator for the Zoomlion Disinfection Exercise, Lola Asiseh Ashitey, assured that Zoomlion Ghana Limited will relent in offering its support in the fight against the pandemic in the country.