Major Market places in the Ashanti Region were on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 shut down to pave way for the phase two of fumigation and disinfection exercise in the region by government in collaboration with Zoomlion Ghana Limited.
Over 330 markets in Ashanti Region and lorry terminals were fumigated and disinfected by Zoomlion Ghana Limited in the response to the Coronavirus outbreak across the country.
Some market places disinfected include Bantama Market, Kumasi Racecourse, Kejetia Market, Acheamfour lorry terminal Asawasi Market, Kumasi Central market and many more including public lavatories in constituencies.
The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Kumasi, Hon Osei Assibey Antwi and the Ashanti Regional Minister Hon Simon Osei Mensah supervised the disinfection exercise within in the region amidst the fight against COVID-19.
Mr Osei Assibey Antwi addressing the press in Kumasi after the exercise said the disinfection and fumigation exercise will help reduce the spread of Covid-19 in communities and Market places.
Hon Osei Assibey charged the assembly members and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to ensure public safety and admonished Ghanaians to adhere to all the preventive protocols to curb the spread of the virus.
He therefore advice workers of Zoomlion Ghana Limited to do quality work as far as the disinfection and fumigation exercise is concern or forget their pay.
“Government is coughing up huge amount of money and therefore Zoomlion Ghana Limited workers are expected to do quality work to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the country” Hon Osei Assibey said.
Meanwhile traders in Kumasi have expressed worry about short notice from the authorities of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to shut down market places especially in Kumasi.
“We heard the announcement yesterday around 5pm that KMA will shut down market places for fumigation exercise this morning. Our customers and majority of the traders are stranded because not all of us heard the announcement. The announcement should be on radio and Television stations for at least 3 days” the traders complained.