Covid-19: Accra markets fumigated


Authorities in Ghana have begun a massive fumigation exercise in markets across the capital, Accra.

This is part of efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly Covid-19 disease following confirmed cases in the West African country.

The country on Monday deployed the military and Metro guards to carry out the exercise.

Military personnel take over Kaneshie operations

When visited the Kaneshie Market for instance all traders had complied to the directive to close their shops to allow the exercise to be conducted.

At about 6:30 am the market was virtually deserted as police officers deployed to the area maintained law and order.

The team also gathered that the military would be supervising the exercise.

Police arrest defiant traders at Ashaiman Market

It was a calm environment at the Ashaiman market but later turned chaotic as some traders were picked up by the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly for flouting the orders.

Though the markets were virtually empty traders say the exercise will affect their daily sales but have no option to comply.

The exercise was about 60% complete at the time our news team was leaving the market.

Squatters chased out from Ayawaso Market

The situation was no different at the Ayawaso Market.

Officials from the Ayawaso West Municipality had a tough time driving away squatters and market women who had been offloading their goods just before the exercise was about to start.

Some 10 sprayers have been assigned to each of the 137 markets earmarked for the exercise in the Greater Accra Region.

At the Okaishie market, the place appeared to be deserted. Although the exercise was expected to start at 6am, no sprayer was spotted at the market as at 6.45 am.

Transport stations closed, passengers stranded

Reports from the Madina Market also indicate that transport stations had closed making way for vehicles to load passengers on the shoulders of the road.

Passengers who appear stranded were using other alternatives to get to their destination.

Some drivers who spoke to said the exercise has affected business but they would comply with the directive.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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