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Zoomlion Ghana Limited in partnership with the Ghana Police Service has launched a nationwide fumigation and disinfection exercise at the National Police Training School in Accra to disinfect and fumigate 1,294 police stations across the country.
The exercise which is in line with the government of Ghana’s fight against Covid-19 is to ensure that all the 1,294 police stations nationwide are disinfected and fumigated to help control the spread of the coronavirus.
The event, dubbed ‘Launching of Police-Zoomlion Nationwide Fumigation and Disinfection Exercise,’ was well-attended by the Police Service Management and workers of Zoomlion, who displayed their tools ready for action.
Speaking at the event, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr James Oppong-Boanuh praised the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for putting in place measures to ensure that the frontline workers and their families are protected from contracting the coronavirus.
“I thank the President and his team who are directing the whole exercise for ensuring that frontline workers are protected from Covid-19 pandemic,” Mr Oppong-Boabuh stated.
He said the police service supported by other sister security agencies partnered with the Ghana Health Service, as frontliners to help fight this pandemic, it is therefore not surprising that a number of them came into contact with infected persons and also got infected along the line.”
“Based on this, the government has directed that all the police stations in the country are fumigated and disinfected. This exercise is going to take place simultaneously in all the sixteen regions across the country starting from the training institution where this launch is taking place.”
The IGP said this will be in preparation towards the calling of the police trainees who were being sent home due to the Covid-19.
“It is also believed that when completed, the exercise will create a more conducive and safe atmosphere for habitation and how to keep ourselves safe will depend on conforming to the preventive measure which are already being outlined by the President,” Mr Oppong-Boanuh stated.
He thanked the Chief Executive Officer of Zoomlion Ghana for his continuous support for the service dating back to partnership for clean-up exercises in the past.
The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR), in partnership with Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL), has donated five double cabin pick-up vehicles to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
This effort is to enable personnel of the GAF to monitor and ensure compliance with environmental bye-laws in the capital, Accra and the other regional capitals in the country.
The presentation of the 5 pick-ups was done at the forecourt of the Directorate of Public Relations, Burma Camp, Accra, on Friday, June 10, 2020.
Handing over the vehicles, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah, said "We are by this gesture appreciating the efforts of the Armed Forces in the fight to ensure clean environs of our cities."
"In our pursuit of general cleanliness, we should behave like animals who always keep their environs clean," she said.
Mrs Dapaah commended the GAF and Zoomlion Ghana Limited for supporting her ministry in the quest to make the country clean.
"I must place on record that every time we have appealed humbly to the defence minister, he has shown readiness to assist my ministry...not only in the area of cleaning and cleansing, but also personnel of GAF have participated in desilting and dredging of drains across the country," she said.
She therefore used the opportunity to remind Ghanaians to continue to adhere to the COVID–19 safety protocols.
"Let us keep ourselves and environs clean and observe all the Covid-19 safety protocols, particularly the wearing of nose masks to protect ourselves and others from contracting the virus," she said.
The Defence Minister, Mr Dominic Nitiwul, who was also present at the presentation said the gesture would contribute to achieving the President’s vision of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.
"We cannot agree with the President less at this era of Covid-19 pandemic as such, this presentation is timely and essential," he said.
"We will also ensure that the vehicles are properly maintained to carry out the tasks in order to achieve the intended purpose for which they were presented," he added.
Zoomlion Ghana Limited has launched an exercise to disinfect various military installations in the country.
The exercise, launched on Monday at Burma Camp, will see the waste management company in partnership with the government to disinfect all military schools, barracks, offices, churches, mosques and homes of the men in the uniform within one week.
The Managing Director of the Zoomlion Ghana limited, Mrs Florence Larbi, speaking at the launch, said the disinfection exercise is targeted at killing germs, bacterial, viruses and other disease-causing organisms at all military bases across the country so as to help contain the spread of Covid-19 and keep their environment safe.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Obed Akwa, commended government and Zoomlion for the planned disinfection exercise, saying it will give the military men the peace of mind to carry out their mandate without worrying, especially, about the novel coronavirus.
“It does not matter the cost involved; I urge all Ghanaians to adhere to the protocols out there so as to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus,” he further cautioned.
The Deputy Minister of Defence, Major (Rtd) Derick Oduro, said just as the disinfection exercise of both public and private schools in the country had already taken place, this exercise, which is to be carried out simultaneously in all the barracks, has become crucial to help reduce and control the community spread of Covid-19.
He, however, cautioned that the exercise alone cannot be the panacea to the spread of the virus if the citizenry do not play their part to stop it.
He expressed satisfaction about the measures taken by the Ghana Armed Forces to protect themselves against the virus.
He advised Ghanaians to continue to adhere to the protocols outlined by the government and the health experts.
He commended the military for their continuous support to the government any time they are being called upon.
“There is no doubt that the effort the Armed Forces are making to provide the needed all-round security and support, including logistics, in this period has contributed to the success we have chalked as a country and therefore, I salute the rank and file for your professionalism and commitment to duty,” he said.
The Ministry of Education has partnered waste management giant, Zoomlion Ghana Limitedd, for a nationwide fumigation and disinfection exercise that will cover both public and private second-cycle institutions across the country.
The exercise is aimed at fighting the coronavirus spread.
During the launch at the Accra Girls Senior High School on Tuesday, April 14, Education Minister, Mathew Opoku Prempeh, said the nationwide project is part of government’s resolve to hold the spread of Covid-19.
The Minister urged heads of the schools to cooperate with Zoomlion for the successful execution of the disinfection exercise.
He said the exercise, which started at the Accra Girls Senior High School after the launch, is also aimed at ridding second cycle boarding houses of parasites such as bedbugs.
The disinfection will be in two phases: Phase One starts with the fumigation of the schools within the period that schools in the country have been closed down.
The second phase will involve the disinfection to ensure a conductive that teaching and learning environment of the schools in the country.
Senior High Schools (SHS), Technical and Vocational Education and Training Schools (TVETS) and Special Schools across the country will benefit from the exercise.
Over the past weeks, government has undertaken similar exercises in major and satellite markets across the country. Ministries and other government departments have also not been left out.
Tema regional office of Zoomlion Ghana limited has begun massive mosquito control exercise within Tema and its environs to help reduce mosquito population.
The larvae source management approach which involves the application of Bacillus thuringiensis var israelensis (Bti) which has been recommended for larviciding by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the efficient biological agent against mosquito larvae targets the mosquitoes at the larval stage and eliminates them before they develop into adult mosquitoes.
The Tema Regional Vector Control Officer, Mr. Enoch Mintah who is leading the team to undertake the exercise explained that prior to application of the BTI, mosquito breeding sites were identified and mapped for effective application of the bio-larvicide.
He said the team who are well-trained and with the technical knowledge have been deployed to Tema East, Tema West, Ashaiman, Kpone-Katamanso and Prampram to control the mosquito population by applying bio-larvicide to kill the mosquito larvae.
Mr. Mintah pointed out that ponds, stream fringe, water channels, rice fields, end of flood water among others are possible breeding sites for mosquitoes hence the need for the public to uphold good environmental sanitation practices to discourages the breeding of mosquito sites.
The Malaria Focal Person for Tema Metropolitan Health Directorate, Ms Elizabeth Appiah Bonnah expressed satisfaction of the work done by Zoomlion Ghana Limited and optimistic that the exercise will be undertaken in all identified mosquito breeding sites within the Tema metropolis.
She said mosquito types such as Anopheles, Aedes, and Culex are of public health concern which needs to be managed effectively to help minimize the diseases they cause.
Mrs Bonnah said Malaria which is transmitted by the female anopheles’ mosquito is among the top ten recorded diseases in the Tema Metropolis and measures such as larvae source management among others will help reduce the population of mosquitoes.
She urged residents to regularly desilt drains and undertake good environmental sanitation practices to help keep their environments safe.
The Jospong Group of Companies and waste management firm, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, have climaxed the 2019 edition of their joint annual thanksgiving services.
The week-long thanksgiving was held under the theme: “Because of the Lord’s Great Love, We Are Not Consumed…. Lamentations 3:22”.
This year’s Thanksgiving attracted several politicians, traditional rulers, and renowned men of God including Apostle A.N.Y Kumi-Larbi, Apostle Samuel Nana Yaw-Agyei, Rev. Dr. Steven Wengam, Apostle Dr. Alfred Koduah, and Apostle General Sam Korankye-Ankrah, Sylvester Mensah, Samuel Atta-Akyea, Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, Chairman of the NDC, former Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe-Adjaho, MPs.
Apostle General Sam Korankye-Ankrah in a sermon at the spirit-filled climax, observed how inspite of all the ills in Ghana, God has been merciful, compassionate and faithful to the country.
Preaching from the book of Lamentations, he bemoaned the several ills in Ghana including envy, hatred, and deliberate ploy to destroy citizens like Dr. Joseph Siaw-Agyapong who are contributing meaningfully to the development of Ghana.
He stated that God has been lamenting about the political polarization in Ghana, the ‘unholy’ state of the church and growing division and disunity among traditional leaders.
According to him, instead of preaching the wise counsel of God, pastors in Ghana were busy showing off their wealth.
Mr. Atta-Akyea, in his remarks, noted some of the challenges that have confronted Dr. Siaw-Agyapong were not surprising because he is a man with divine assignment.
“No great man with divine assignment will go through life without troubles,” he said as he made reference to temptations faced by great men in the Bible.
The Jospong Group of Companies and Zoomlion Ghana accordingly have Godliness as one of their key values. It is gainst this backdrop that the annual thanksgiving services was introduced.
The services date back to 1995 with the establishment of the Jospong Printing press, and have grown over the years to become a mega spiritual event.
Heads of second-cycle institutions in the Bono Regional and District Directors of Education have commended the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Zoomlion Ghana Limited for stepping in to fumigate and disinfect all Senior High/Technical, Vocational and Special public and private schools in the region.
They believe the exercise is a strategic move by the GES and the Ministry of Education to curb the problems associated with bedbugs in the schools across Ghana.
Headmaster of Twene Amanfo Day Senior Secondary Technical School, Gordon Ampong in commending the GES also appealed for the exercise to be sustained to run during every vacation to completely eradicate the bedbug menace in the schools.
The General Manager of Zoomlion for the three Bono regions, Esther Abayeta underscored the need for parents to ensure that their wards have their belongings disinfected and fumigated at home before returning to school when the Coronavirus pandemic comes down and government permits schools to resume.
She said if that is not done bringing their bedbug-infested belongings back to school will further aggravate the resurfacing of the menace.
Ms Abayeta urged various heads to collaborate with Zoomlion in the Regions to help them at a highly reduced cost to also disinfect and fumigate the student belongings on arrival if parents failed to have them fumigated at home.
Waste Management Company, Zoomlion Ghana limited has urged the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to lead the charge for households in the country to get waste bins to help effectively collect waste.
The Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mrs. Emma Akyea-Boakye who made the appeal to the MMDAs and the general public at the 24th Ghana International Trade Fair organized in Tamale in an interview stated that there are huge volumes of uncollected waste in the system which these waste bins can help collect.
She said these uncollected waste ends up at unauthorized places such as drains, streets, public parks among others which is a public health concern considering the onset of rains as we are about to experience the raining season.
Mrs Akyea-Boakye was optimistic that the waste bin distribution project is very critical in sustaining Ghana’s gains in ensuring that the country becomes one of the cleanest in the sub-region.
Meanwhile the company exhibited its integrated waste management solutions services and other innovative products being undertaken in the northern region at the 24th Ghana International Trade fair organized at the Aliu Mahama Sports stadium in Tamale.
Patrons who visited the Zoomlion Ghana Limited’s stand were impressed with the various state-of-the-art infrastructure integrated recycling and composting plants being established to help convert waste into compost to feed the agriculture sector.
The 11-day fair was on the theme “Value Addition, trading globally” attracted over 600 exhibitors from Ghana, the sub-region, Madagascar, India, Guinea, Italy, Angola, Gambia among others.
The fair aimed at promoting value added products, connecting local industries to international partners, as well as encouraging people to patronize made-in-Ghana products.