By William Sarpong
Some market women has expressed their appreciations to the recent disinfection of markets and Lory stations carried out by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, in collaboration with Zoomlion Ghana Limited, to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
In an interview after a successful disinfection programme held in Accra, some market women disclosed that, since the announcement of the coronavirus outbreak globally, it became a challenge to them as to how they would escape from contracting the virus, looking at the number of people that visited the various markets.
The exercise according to the women, has now relieved them from their fears, and assured to follow Ministry of Health’s directives, by washing hands regularly with soap under running water.
Again, they would observed the use of hand sanitizers after receiving monies from customers.
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Government with the support of Zoomlion carried out the mass disinfection exercise in about 36 market centers, including some Lory parks in the Greater Accra Region.
The disinfection exercise was done by well trained and experience officers from Zoomlion Ghana Limited, and was supervised by staff from the various Assemblies.
The spraying exercise which lasted for the whole day, halted all trading and commercial activities in the various markets centers across the region.
The disinfestation was not only done because of the coronavirus but also against other illness that can be contracted from the market including germs.
To ensure safety of the market women and the general public due to the harmfulness of the chemical, market women were told to stay at home and resumed the following day. Meanwhile, before the disinfection, notice were served to the market women.
Areas disinfected in the Greater Accra Region comprises; Accra Metro (MMDA) Markets; Abkekuma North (MMDA) Markets; Ablekuma Central (MMDA) Markets; Ablekuma West (MMDA) Markets; Ayawaso Central (MMDA) Markets; Ayawaso North MMDA) Markets; Ayawaso West (MMDA) Markets; Korle Klottey (MMDA) Markets; Shai OSU Doku District (MMDA) Markets; Ada West (MMDA) Markets; Ayawaso North (MMDA) Markets; Game North (MMDA) Markets; Krowor (MMDA) Markets.
Others are, Ga South (MMDA) Markets; Weija Gbawe (MMDA) Markets; Ga Central (MMDA) Markets; Game West (MMDA) Markets; Game East (MMDA) Markets; Ledzekuku (MMDA) Markets; Ada East (MMDA) Markets; Kpone Katamanso (MMDA) Markets; Ningo Prampram (MMDA) Markets; Ayawaso East (MMDA) Markets; La Dadekotopon (MMDA) Markets; Tema West (MMDA) Markets; Tema (MMDA) Markets; Okaikwei North (MMDA) Markets; and Adentan (MMDA) Markets.
The coronavirus is believed to have started at a market in Wuhuam, China, which sold both dead and alive animals including fish and birds.
Initial symptoms include fever, dry cough, tiredness and a general feeling of being unwell. However, among the recommended precautions include washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or the use of alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol.
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid sharing household items with patients etc.