Enough Notice Given to Traders for Disinfection Exercise- Accra Mayor States

Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah has dispelled claims from traders suggesting that enough notice was not given for the disinfection exercise.

The disinfection exercise which started today around 10 am is intended to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in Ghana and expected to end by the close of today.

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                                     Sprayers preparing to commence the disinfection exercise

The Greater Accra Regional Coordination Council spearheading the disinfection exercise deployed about 1,300 sprayers who will use Chlorine Dioxide and Sodium Hydrochloride for the exercise.

Speaking to the media, some traders expressed dissatisfaction about the notice given by the Greater Accra Regional Coordination Council for the exercise to commence.

According to the Mayor of Accra, six information vans were deployed last week Thursday to disseminate the information.

“The information started somewhere on Thursday, they had Friday, Saturday, Sunday and today are Monday. Enough notice has been given, we deployed six information vans to all the areas and so that excuse is not turnable. That is why we have the military here, anybody who does not conduct himself will be taken care of. We can’t allow excuses to be used to put all of us at risk,” he explained.

The affected markets will be open to the public on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, according to a statement from the Local Government Ministry.

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                                              Sprayers preparing to disinfect markets

Ghana has so far recorded 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with one death.

Is the disinfectant toxic to affect traders?

According to the Mayor, the chemicals used for the disinfection exercise are not toxic.

“Let me also assure you that the chemicals used for the exercise are not toxic or poisonous and will not kill or choke anybody, after a couple of hours things become normal,” he said.