A Senior Research Fellow at the Immunology Department of Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), Dr Kwadwo Asamoah, has called on the waste management and disinfection experts, Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL), to do monthly disinfection of the facility.
Such a move, he stressed, will help safeguard the facility and its environment for use by staff members and the general public against COVID-19.
Dr Asamoah made the call last Friday when Zoomlion disinfected the research facility.
Zoomlion has been supporting government with the disinfection to fight COVID-19 since the country recorded its first cases of the pandemic.
The exercise formed part of Zoomlion’s Free Community Disinfection Campaign, which was launched recently at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College at Teshie in Accra.
According to Dr Asamoah, the volume of blood samples and people who were received by the facility had necessitated the call for regular disinfection of the facility.
He indicated that though the exercise was the first of its kind, regularly disinfecting the research centre will go a long way to secure its space.
The exercise thoroughly covered offices and open spaces of the facility.
Whereas the offices were disinfected with knapsack sprayers, the environment saw the use of an atomiser.
Dr Asamoah explained that the fast spreading of the virus was due to a myriad of factors including total disregard for COVID-19 protocols by some Ghanaians.
Against this backdrop, he charged Ghanaians to strictly observe the protocols to ensure that lives are protected.
“If one person decides to observe the protocols while others refuse, there is no way we can fight this pandemic.
“We must all do this together,” Dr Asamoah advised.
He acknowledged that even though the wearing of mask gives some discomfort, he added that it would be better to wear it and stay alive.
Dr Asamoah has therefore called for a collective approach in dealing with the pandemic.
“If we must fight this virus, then all hands must be on deck,” he reiterated.
A Senior Vector Control Officer at the Vectorpes Department of Zoomlion, Mr. Abel Djangmah, reiterated his outfit’s resolve to quickly respond to disinfection calls in order to help rid of COVID-19 tendencies.