BY KOJO ANSAH
As Coronavirus cases soar in Ghana, efforts have been intensified by thr government and the private sector to help flatten the curve of the pandemic.
Ninety-seven more positive cases of the coronavirus were recorded on Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Ghana, increasing the national tally to 5,735.One more death was also recorded, bringing the death toll to 29 while recoveries have jumped significantly to 1,754.
Out of the national case count, Eastern Region has recorded 99 confirmed cases but the regional capital, Koforidua, has not recorded a confirmed case yet.
To help contain the spread of the virus to the regional capital,Vivo Energy Ghana, a Shell Licensee, in partnership with its retailers, have installed three water storage tanks and hands-free handwashing facilities at two main market centres at the Kumasi Lorry Terminal in Koforidia and two other main market centres — Central and Juaben Serwaa markets.
Attached to the installed facilities are boxes of handwashing soaps, tissue paper, nose masks, and hand sanitizers to encourage regular handwashing in these busy business centres in the regional capital.
Infrared temperature guns have also been donated to the New Juabeng South Municipal Assembly.
The initiative forms part of Vivo Energy Ghana’s Retailer Sustainability Programme, launched to support the fight against COVID-19 in various retail communities.
Mr Paul Mends, VIVO Energy Territory Manager for Eastern Region, said “Covid-19 is real and this is a global fight .Shell also wants to join in the fight against Covid-19 and you know that handwashing is the most powerful tool to fight this coronavirus. Therefore, we also decided to provide a handwashing machine and running water so that they will be able to wash their hands as required.”
He said the total cost of the project and its accessories was GHc60,000
Municipal Chief Executive of New Juaben South Assembly, Isaac Appaw-Gyasi, who cut the to commission the projects, described as timely the intervention by Vivo Energy as the Assembly intensified effort to ensure that the virus would not spread to the regional capital.
He urged the market women, drivers and passengers to make use of the facilities to regularly wash their hands with soap.
Nana Yaa Bonsu, Queenmother of the Koforidua Central Market, said the market had operated for centuries without provision of water. She said market women had to either carry water from home or hire people to fetch water for them. Thanks, the water storage facility installed at the market would improve hygiene there.
The New Juaben South Municipal Assembly is constructing a mechanized borehole in the market to complement the intervention by Vivo Energy.