Markets in other regions to see disinfection this week

Disinfection exercise taking place at markets within the Greater Accra Region will be extended to markets in other regions in the coming days.

The was made known by the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry on Monday, March 23, 2020.

According to a Deputy Minister, OB Amoah, after the exercise ends in the capital on Monday, March 23, 2020, it will be carried out in markets in other regions throughout the week.

“It is supposed to be a nationwide exercise. We are starting from Accra today, and we are hoping that during the week, all the other regions will also have their turn,” he said in an interview on the Citi Breakfast Show.

Also, OB Amoah said traders within the capital are expected to return to the markets to continue with their usual duties on Tuesday, March 23, 2020_ stressing that the exercise may, however, continue into Tuesday should the sprayers leading the disinfection exercise fail to complete the task on a set day (Monday)

“Usually, if you have such massive disinfection, obviously, the outcome will mean that you have to do some clean-up and if they are not able to finish today, then it means it may affect tomorrow. But we just earmarked a day for this exercise so that on Tuesday, they can go back to the market,” he added.

According to reports, about 1,300 sprayers will be disinfecting 137 markets in 28 districts of the Greater Accra Region.

A total of 10 sprayers have been assigned to a market each to ensure effective spraying.

What chemical is being used?

The chemicals being used in carrying out the spraying exercise is Chlorine Dioxide and Sodium Hypochloride for the disinfection exercise.

This initiative to disinfect the market areas by government is part of measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ghana.

 Already, Ghana has recorded a total of 24 cases with one death and yet to record some recoveries.