COVID-19 PREVENTION IN THE GA EAST MUNICIPALITY - ALL MARKETS AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES DISINFECTED - LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTER COMMENDS GA EAST ON EXERCISE AND MARKETS DEVELOPMENT
GEMANEWS: Sunday, 19th July, 2020
The Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Abokobi, in conjunction with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR), through Zoomlion Ghana Limited, has disinfected all public markets, lorry stations and public toilets attached to the markets as it joined her peers in the Greater Accra for the Phase Two (2) of the National Disinfection Exercise.
Personnel from Zoomlion Ghana Limited, early hours of Sunday, were deployed to all the markets within the municipality for the disinfection exercise which is aimed at helping to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic with the first phase of the exercise taking place on Monday, 23rd March, 2020.
With the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, supervising and supported by the Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Mr. Matthew Tay, the exercise was successfully carried out.
Markets, lorry stations and public toilets in Dome, Taifa, Taifa-Burkina, Kwabenya, Haatso, and Abokobi, were all fumigated.
The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), Hon. Hajia Alima Manama, who inspected the exercise at the Dome Market showered praise on the Assembly for the orderly and diligent manner it conducted the exercise.
She expressed gratitude to the traders of the various markets and their leadership for their collaborations and continued cooperation and support from them to the Government in the fight to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
Hon. Hajia Alima appealed to the markets leadership to rally their members to begin little contributions to help purchase some of the sanitary facilities for use in the markets to complement government's efforts.
"We're grateful to them for what they've been doing to support the fight but we will appeal to them to practice social distancing and they're in the open so we encourage them to wear their face masks. When we started this exercise, buying liquid soap and tissue, we told them that at least at some point in time they also have to contribute something to buy these items to be used in the markets. It's about their health, they know themselves and those who are capable of contributing", Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama recommended.
She also commended the Assembly for the tremendous development in the Dome Market upon a brief inspection of some ongoing projects.
"I'm impressed by the projects competed and ongoing in the market. This shows that the government is working and I say well done", the Minister remarked.
The Municipal Chief Executive MCE Hon Janet Tulasi Mensah told the media that the Assembly carried out intensive public sensitization on the exercise hence the compliance by the traders with closure of the markets which ensured the exercise was carried out smoothly without any disruption by the traders.
She said the Assembly was rigorously pursuing a public education and enforcement strategy on the COVID-19 preventive protocols, noting that members of the Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) were now at the forefront of the campaign in the municipality.
The fumigation exercise in the municipality was graced by the Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong.
Other Officials who were present included the Greater Accra Regional NADMO Director, Hon. Archibold Cobbina, the Regional Planning Officer, Mrs. Jemima Lomotey, Head of Administration of the Ga East Municipal Assembly, Kenneth Daniels, the Municipal Environmental Health Officer (MEHO), Charles Ampomah Asabre, and the Municipal NADMO Director, Seth Kofi Osei Kissi, among others.
Personnel from the Ghana Armed Forces were also present to provide the needed protection and maintain order in and around the markets with NADMO personnel supporting.
Clean-up Exercise is scheduled to be carried out in all the markets and lorry stations and public toilets in and around the markets on Monday, 20th July, 2020 with the markets remaining closed until Tuesday.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
Pictures: Benjamin Andoh Takyi