Third phase of disinfection underway at Kotoka International Airport

BY: Gertrude Ankah Nyavi

As part of efforts to fight COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana, the Ministry of Aviation (MoA) and Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) in collaboration with Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL) on Monday evening begun the third phase of disinfection exercise at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

The two-hour exercise, which started from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., covered facilities at Terminal 1 and 2 and all its open spaces. These facilities included restaurants, washrooms, arrival and departure halls.

Briefing journalists earlier, General Manager (GM) of Vector Control Services of Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL), Rev. Ebenezer Kwame Addae, said the exercise was to augment the quarterly disinfections at the country’s airports and keep them safe for users.

“We are carrying out these regular disinfection exercises at the country’s airports to keep them safe from the COVID-19, and also repose confidence in passengers travelling in and outside the country,” he said.

On why the disinfection was done in the evening, he explained that it was to avoid interruptions in the activities at the airport.

According to Rev Addae, COVID-19 was real and that there was no need for the country to lose its guard in its quest to this the disease.

“Any complacency in the fight against the virus will cost the nation; it’s something we must strongly guard against,” he noted.

In addition to the quarterly disinfection, he said, the airport authorities at KIA also had a programme where they do dusting and disinfection on a daily basis.

The GM of Vector Control Services indicated that the disinfection exercise was part of an integrated approach employed by his outfit and government to match the virus “boot for boot.”

Rev. Addae however, disclosed that KIA Terminal 3 which deals with international flights will take its turn of the disinfection on the midnight of Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

“We will be doing Terminal 3 on Wednesday, [December 16, 2020] at 12:00 midnight, which time will allow us space to disinfect all its facilities,” he said.

The third phase of airport disinfection begun on Friday, December 11, 2020 at the Kumasi Airport. The exercise formed part of the government’s commitment to curb the spread of the Covid-19.