Local Gov’t Minister & Deputy Miscommunicate

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On Essence Of Market Disinfection

The Minister of Government and Rural Development and her Deputy, have been miscommunicating on the essence and value of Monday’s disinfection exercise that took place in some markets, streets and highways in the Greater Accra region, as part of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

While, the Deputy Minister, Osei Bonsu Amoah, has debunked claims that the said disinfectants to be administered at the various markets can kill the deadly coronavirus, his boss; Hajia Alima Mahama, has expressed satisfaction with the exercise and hopeful it will control the spread of COVID-19.

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, embarked on a nationwide exercise to disinfect markets in order to curb the spread of covid-19. The deputy minister, said the reason for disinfecting the markets, was not to kill the novel coronavirus.

In an interview on Kasapa FM yesterday morning, O.B. Amoah, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Akwapin South, said:

“What we’re doing is not to prevent coronavirus. Anybody that tells you that the disinfection we’re undertaking today has the efficacy of killing coronavirus is a lie.If along the line, government secures coronavirus disinfectants we’ll make it known to the public,” he indicated.

According to him, “saying that it [the disinfectant] will kill the virus will be exaggerating because we are not doing this exercise to kill the virus.”

“We don’t want to misinform the public that we are killing the virus, but rather disinfecting the markets. I don’t think elsewhere, they are spraying to kill the virus and that’s what I wanted to emphasize,” he told the Editorial Consultant of theghanareport.com, Manasseh Azure Awuni, who contacted him on WhatsApp to authenticate his earlier comments.

But at a press briefing on the Coronavirus on in Accra Monday, Hajia Alima Mahama, expressed satisfaction at the exercise

“We are grateful to the traders”, she said, adding: “We are satisfied with the exercise”.

“The main aim of the fumigation exercise cleaning the markets and clearing rubbish. There were concerns about the substance we used, many thought it was harmful but it is just Chlorine solution. This substance according to WHO is used to kill viruses including coronavirus. Spraying will continue across the whole country”, she said at a press briefing.

She said, the World Health Organisation-recommended chlorine solution was used for the exercise and, thus, safe for the traders to resume their trading activities.

Hajia Alima Mahama, says Chlorine solution was used mainly for the fumigation of markets in Accra.

She disclosed that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), Chlorine solution kills virus which coronavirus is not exempted.

She noted that, the military was brought in to help clean the markets, as some of them were dirty.

Hajia Alima Mahama, advised the traders to keep the markets clean.

The disinfection will be replicated across the rest of the country beginning tomorrow from the Ashanti region.

It is not clear, how much money,Zoomlion management services, is charging for the exercise, which also saw some streets and highways in the city of  Accra being sprayed on Monday, in addition to the 132 markets, by trucks and pickups vehicles owned by Zoomlion.

Ghana has so far recorded 52 cases of COVID-19 with two deaths.

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