Mrs. Evelyn Ama Kumi-Richardson, the Bono Regional Minister,has stated that as part of strengthening the measures to prevent a rapid spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases,some major markets in the Bono,Bono East and Ahafo Region will be closed on Monday, March 30, 2020 for a disinfection exercise.
According to Mrs. Evelyn Ama Kumi-Richardson, the markets will be closed down on 30 March and reopen the next day for normal business to continue.
The exercise has become necessary to rid the nation’s capital of any looming infestations.
“In line with the President’s directive on measures to contain and prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the country, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly with support from the Greater Accra Markets Association wishes to inform the general public that there will be a massive disinfection exercise across all public market centres within its jurisdiction.”
The Minister disclosed this during a press conference at the adult education hall in Sunyani on Saturday.
She said the exercise will start around 6am and urged markets women and transport operators in the three regions to support the exercise.
” We are disinfection 125 markets in the Bono region, Bono East 78 and Ahafo regional 43 markets” she noted.
” I am pleading with market women in the three regions to cover the items/stuff’stheir Sunday to pay way for Monday exercise as information service department will go around various market to spread this unique information to them”. she stated.
The Minister assured that all districts in the country will be given one hundred Veronica buckets and other hygiene essentials to ensure market women adhere to the precautionary measures announced by authorities.
She called on the media to continue playing their role as they used to do in order to make this exercise successful.
She thanks people in the three regions for taken part in last Wednesday national fasting and players.
“After our President Akufo-Addo announced a lockdown of Greater Accra, Tema and Ashanti Region, I have received calls from people, telling me that some people in the affected regions are planning to come to region that were not part of the lockdown especially Bono region. What I can tell my lovely people in the region that they should be wise and take precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) serious as I can’t stop them from coming to the region, because the lockdown takes effect Monday dawn”. she added.
Hon. Evans Opoku-Bobie,the Ahafo regional Minister also said “this disease needs critical thinkers,so let support President Nana Addo directive on measures to contain and prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the country serious”.
Meanwhile,the Bono-East Regional Minister Hon. Kofi Amoakohene, said “this coronavirus does not know a NPP, NDC,Rich or Poor person. We are all at risk. So, please let us all strive to protect ourselves and ensure that we put into practice all the directives that have spelt out by health experts”,he said.
The program was attended by Zoomlion authorities, Nananom,MMDCEs from three regions and GPRTU executives in the three regions.
President Nana Akufo-Addo on Friday night announced further restrictions of movement within the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions as part of measures by the government to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
To this effect, movement in Accra and Kumasi will be restricted from 1 am Monday.
In his fourth address to the nation on the virus, Mr Akufo-Addo urged residents living in the affected areas to comply with the lockdown.
However, essential services have been exempted from the lockdown.
He identified Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi as the hotspots of the virus.
“The oath of office I swore on February 2017 demands that I dedicate myself to the service of Ghanaian people. It is my job to protect you and I am determined to do just that”, the President said, adding: “We have succeeded in stopping the importation of the disease into the country.”
“However, prevailing circumstances mean stricter measures need to be put in place to stop the spread of the virus in-country in Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi,” he added.
So, effective 1 am on Monday, 30th March, some forty-eight hours from now, I have imposed, pursuant to the powers granted the President of the Republic, under the Imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1012), restrictions on movement of persons in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA, which includes Awutu Senya East), and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and contiguous districts, for a period of two (2) weeks, subject to review. It will give us the opportunity to try to halt the spread of the virus, and scale-up effectively contact tracing of persons who have come into contact with infected persons, test them for the virus, and, if necessary, quarantine and isolate them for treatment, should they prove to have the virus”, the President said.
In Greater Accra, the following areas will be affected:
- Accra Metropolis;
- Tema Metropolis;
- Tema West Municipality;
- Ledzokuku Municipality;
- Krowor Municipality;
- Adentan Municipality;
- Ashiaman Municipality;
- La-Nkwantanang-Madina Municipality;
- La-Dade-Kotopon Municipality;
- Okaikwei North Municipality;
- Ablekuma North Municipality;
- Ablekuma West Municipality;
- Ablekuma Central Municipality;
- Ayawaso East Municipality;
- Ayawaso North Municipality;
- Ayawaso West Municipality;
- Ayawaso Central Municipality
- Ga West Municipality;
- Ga North Municipality;
- Ga Central Municipality;
- Ga South Municipality;
- Ga East Municipality;
- Korle-Klottey Municipality;
- Weija/Gbawe Municipality;
- Kpone Katamanso Municipality; and
- Awutu Senya East Municipality.
In the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and contiguous districts, the following areas are affected:
- Kumasi Metropolis;
- Asokwa Municipality;
- Suame Municipality;
- Old Tafo Municipality;
- Oforikrom Municipality;
- Asokore Mampong Municipality;
- Kwadaso Municipality;
- Atwima Nwabiagya Municipality;
- Kwabre East Municipality;
- Ejisu Municipality;
- Afigya-Kwabre South District;
- Bosomtwi District;
- Atwima Kwanwoma District; and
- Atwima Nwabiagya North District.
So far, the virus has infected one hundred forty – one(141) people, killed five(5) and two patients have recovered.