Zoomlion Ghana limited, a subsidiary of Jospong Group of Companies has partnered the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to launch an exercise to fumigate and disinfect military barracks and offices across the nation.
The exercise which was aimed to rid military facilities off the disease causing vectors was launched at the Forces Senior High Technical School (FSHTS), Burma Camp, on Monday 8 April, 2020.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Deputy Minister for Defence, Hon Derek Oduro (Rtd), said as watch keepers of the country and one of the front liners implementing the President’s directive to curb the spread of covid-19, it was important that the health of troops was given outmost priority. He said he was happy to note that the soldier’s own backyard was receiving the necessary attention to keep them and their families’ safe as they work at protecting other families.
He was optimistic that the collective action would yield the needed result for the country to return to normalcy. According to him, the exercise alone could not be the solution to curb the spread of the virus and advocated for the adherence to the safety protocols outlined by the Ghana Health Service.
The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa in his address said the world was battling with an unseen enemy (Covid-`19). He said the Covid-19 pandemic had affected virtually every facet of life globally, hence the need to fumigate accommodation and other facilities in the barracks.
He said in order to control the spread of covid-19, troops were deployed across the country to enforce the measures government had put in place by providing security at isolation centres as well as escort of various fumigation teams among others.
He assured government of GAF’s support in the fight against Covid-19. To this end, he said GAF would continue to utilize the Level II hospital at the El-Wak Stadium, which is at the disposal of Ghana Health Service and the Armed Forces Logistics Chain Management experts. He stated that GAF would also use all assets; by Land, Sea and Air to tackle the menace.
The CDS expressed his appreciation to the President and the Commander- in- Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Ministry of Defence for their intervention in making the exercise a success.
The Managing Director of Zoomlion, Mrs Florence Larbi who spoke on behalf of the Executive Chairman of Zoomlion Limited, said the military had been in the forefront of the fight against Covid-19 and was important they and their families were protected as they protect others.
She assured Ghanaians of their safety during the exercise and iterated her outfit's continued commitment to partner the GAF in similar projects.