COVID-19 is a killer; let’s be extra-careful – V/R Police Commander admonishes

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COVID-19 is a killer and its devastation across the world is very scary, Volta Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police Edward Oduro Kwarteng, has emphasised.

According to him, it is about time Ghanaians come to terms with the reality of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic.

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DCOP Oduro Kwarteng made the observation during the Volta Regional launch of the nationwide fumigation and disinfection of police facilities exercise being undertaken by Zoomlion Ghana Limited.

A total of 167 facilities comprising 59 police stations and 108 barracks will be disinfected in the region.

The week-long exercise began with the disinfection of the Volta Regional Police Headquarters, Ho, and the District Police Headquarters in Ho.

The regional commander noted how it was sad that people were still doubting the existence of COVID-19.

“I daresay that they are being misled,” he emphasised.

Against this backdrop, DCOP Oduro Kwarteng stressed the need for Ghanaians to religiously practice the preventive protocols; observing personal hygiene, social distancing, using alcohol-based hand sanitisers, and avoiding handshakes as well as social gatherings.

He reiterated the need for residents in the region to wear nose masks and comply with the social distancing protocols.

DCOP Oduro Kwarteng, however, recounted that the region recorded few incidents of non-compliance and added that the necessary steps are being taken to bring sanity to the region.

“Let me once again remind all of us that we are not in normal times and so we must all put our hands to the wheel to drive the invisible killer away as soon as possible,” he encouraged.

He also commended Zoomlion for its role in the fight against COVID-19 by embarking on a nationwide fumigation and disinfection of police stations across the country.

“We need to applaud them for a yeoman’s job,” he said.

In a brief remark, Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Pastor Johnson Avulatey, also admitted that COVID-19 was a killer disease.

“We, therefore, need to tighten our belts, observe the protocols so we can fight this common enemy,” he urged.

He went on to intimate that the only medicine for the virus was adhering to the preventive protocols of washing hands, applying alcohol-based hand sanitisers, and practising physical distancing.

He said the disease was no respecter of persons, adding “that is why we need to be extra careful.”

He, therefore, entreated the Zoomlion team to do an efficient job to ensure the safety of police personnel in the region.

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On his part, the General Manager of the Volta Regional branch of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Solomon Denyo, disclosed that about 500 personnel have been deployed for the exercise.

He said the exercise is aimed at protecting police personnel from contracting COVID-19 and expressed optimism that it will be completed within five days.

Mr. Denyo also used the opportunity to encourage other corporate institutions to take advantage of Zoomlion’s disinfection programme for their facilities to be disinfected.

SourceABC News

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