Covid-19 still with us – Minister warns

The Deputy North East Regional Minister, Tahiru Tia Ahmed, has cautioned against the relaxation of the Covid-19 protocols and said Ghanaians must wake up to that reality that the novel viral pandemic was still around.

Covid-19 still with us – Minister warns

The Deputy North East Regional Minister, Tahiru Tia Ahmed, has cautioned against the relaxation of the Covid-19 protocols and said Ghanaians must wake up to that reality that the novel viral pandemic was still around.

According to him, although the region was fortunate not to have recorded any Covid-19 case in the past months, it was risky for the people to exhibit complacency, adding that the country would suffer if the residents allowed the return of community infections.

Mr. Tia Ahmed made the observation at the North East Regional Coordinating Council (N/E RCC) on Wednesday in Nalerigu during the third phase disinfection of markets and other public places in the region.

The two-day exercise is being carried out by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) in collaboration with Zoomlion Ghana Limited.

It was aimed at keeping public places safe for business activities and also to ensure the Covid-19 did not spread further.

“This third phase disinfection exercise is timely as it will wake up people to the fact that Covid-19 is there and therefore, the need for them to follow the safety protocols,” he stressed.

On what the RCC is doing to prevent any more cases, the deputy minister said they had been holding regular meetings with leaders of churches, mosques, queen mothers and other interest group where they implored them to educate their members on the need to adhere to the Covid-19 preventive measures; saying “that explains why so far no case has been recorded again in the region.”

The acting North East Regional Manager, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Adams Nahimu, said the operation would cover over 100 markets in the region.

The third phase market disinfection, he explained, had become necessary because of the steadily rise in Covid-19 infections across the country.

He gave the assurance that they would deliver quality work, adding that places that were not covered in the previous ones would be disinfected.

They covered Nalerigu Old Market where shops and sheds and other public places were disinfected, then moved to the Gambaga, Lanbginsi and Walewale markets.

The exercise is expected to end today.