Govt Disinfects Kumasi Markets –

Some officials inspecting the markets

ALL MARKETS in Kumasi and nearby areas in the
Ashanti Region were thoroughly disinfected during a massive spraying exercise
yesterday as part of measures to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and
also help to improve hygiene in the markets.

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural
Development collaborated with the various metropolitan, municipal and district
assemblies (MMDAs) in the Ashanti Region to help implement the exercise.

The disinfection exercise, which has never been
witnessed in the Ashanti Region before, was led by personnel of Zoomlion Ghana
Limited, a leading sanitation company in the country, and all major markets in
Kumasi were sanitized.

The spraying exercise, which kick-started as
early as 6 am, saw every part of the spacious markets in the city being sprayed
with chemicals, especially chlorine solution which has the potency to kill
germs of different forms.

It took place in markets such as the Kumasi
Central Market, Asafo Market, Bantama Market, Moshie Zongo Market, Nana Afia
Kobi (Abinkyi) Market, Santasi Market, Tafo Market, among others.

Top government officials, including Deputy
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Collins Ntim; Chief
Executive of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Osei Assibey-Antwi, and officials
from NADMO, supervised the exercise.

The National Youth Organizer of the New
Patriotic Party (NPP), Lawyer Henry Nana Boakye, aka ‘Nana B’, also trekked
from Accra to Kumasi to rally support for the historic exercise.

Mayor Grateful

Kumasi Mayor Osei Assibey-Antwi said President
Akufo-Addo’s directive to clean all markets and other public places in the wake
of the COVID-19 was going according to plan in the city.

According to him, the government last week
presented different items to the 43 MMDAs in the Ashanti Region, including face
masks, hand sanitizers and others to protect the people from COVID-19 before
starting the disinfection exercise. “We thank President Akufo-Addo for his able
leadership. We are determined to clean the cities to ensure that people
continue to be safe,” he added.

The mayor said the disinfection exercise went
on smoothly, as markets in the city and the region in general were disinfected
thoroughly to get rid of germs, rodents and insects.

According to him, every corner of the Kumasi
Central Market and the Kejetia Market was disinfected, adding that the entire
Central Business District (CBD) of the city was also disinfected to boost
hygiene in the city.

The Kumasi mayor commended residents of Kumasi,
especially shop owners at Adum and commercial drivers, for their high level of
compliance and also appreciating government’s efforts to disinfect the markets.

“All the shops at Adum were closed by the shop
owners to help make the exercise successful and we are grateful to them for
their support. We are appealing for the exercise to be replicated in schools
and the prisons,” he stressed.

Ghost Town

was virtually a ghost town yesterday and the boisterous activities that the
garden city is noted for were conspicuously missing on the day.

Government was disinfecting the markets in the
city and beyond as part of efforts to combat the COVID-19 outbreak and also to
make such public places more hygienic.

Shops Closed

The markets were targeted for the exercise but
surprisingly private shop owners joined and did not open their shops for

The always-busy Adum and the CBD areas were
looked empty, with all the shops closed, whilst shops in other busy areas like
Krofrom and Bantama were also closed.


Interestingly, residents of the busy city were
also hiding indoors as if they had been ordered to do so and only the teams
doing the disinfections and other Zoomlion workers were on the streets.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi