Zoomlion Ghana Limited has voted over GH¢1million for its ongoing nationwide Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease disinfection exercise meant to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
The Coordinator for the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Disinfection Exercise of the Zoomlion, Mrs Lola Asiseh Ashitey, who made this known to Graphic Online in an interview when the company took its disinfectant activities to the Judicial and other legal establishments in Accra last Thursday, April 9, 2020, said the amount covered major activities such as the disinfection of markets and institutions as well as cleaning up of some cities.
The company has partnered the ministries of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and the Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) to disinfect hundreds of markets across 13 regions in the country.
Last Thursday's exercise saw some workers of Zoomlion who were armed with hand-held spraying machines, zoomed into the offices of the Judicial Service and ensured that all surfaces were disinfected.
The team also carried out similar exercises at the Court of Appeal; the Ghana Law School at Makola; the new Court Complex and the Attorney-general's residence.
"We can do disinfection that is focused on killing germs or vectors but this particular exercise was targeted at killing germs, which in this case, in COVID-19," Mrs Ashitey explained.
She said the company would continue to support the government's effort to fight COVID-19 by ensuring that key institutions were disinfected.
For instance, she said Zoomlion was collaborating with Citi Fm to disinfect all public tertiary education institutions and selected private ones.
The President of the Judicial Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG), Mr Alex Lartey, commended Zoomlion and it's partners for the disinfection exercise and asked for a similar service to be extended to other courts across the country.
He said the Judicial Service had constituted a COVID-19 committee to design health safety protocols; lead sensitisation of the staff and clients and also ensure systems were put in place for social distancing and improved hand washing.
"The Judicial Service is one of the heavily patronised institutions so we introduced social distancing protocols to stay safe. We have asked staff with certain health conditions to be granted leave and of now, nursingmothers, staff with diabetes and HIV /AIDS were encouraged to take their leave and they have done so," he said.
He added some courts in Accra have also reduced the number of sittings to prevent the spread of the pandemic.