Workers of waste management company, Zoomlion Ghana Ltd on Monday March 16 were asked to go home as management of the company shut its offices in Accra over COVID-19 fears, ABC News can confirm.
A communique to staff directed everyone to go home “until further notice”.
The move by management of the company, according to ABC News‘ sources may be replicated across all of the company’s offices in all 16 regions even as steps are taken to protect both staff and clients at a time when global cases of the infections surge to a record 175, 817 in more than 80 countries.
It is however unclear if this decision by management of Zoomlion Ghana Ltd affects its subsidiaries in the five(5) other african countries it operates in namely; Togo, Angola, Zambia, Equatorial Guinea and Liberia.
Zoomlion Ghana’s move comes on the back of a directive by President Akufo-Addo that all social gatherings be stopped and schools shut down.
One measure that has been highly recommended both by the Ghana Health Service and the World Health Organization is the practice of personal hygiene.
Considering that workers of the company, who provide waste management solutions to communities, homes and businesses are highly exposed to insanitary conditions, management of the company has advised that temporarily, all activities should be halted.
It’s unclear how this move will impact on sanitation in the country since the company is at the forefront when it comes to waste management in Ghana.
On Sunday, March 15, Government revealed that 4 more Ghanaians who travelled outside the country and returned have imported coronavirus cases bringing the total number of cases to 6.
Government has assured the citizenry they are working assiduously to trace the related contacts of the infected persons and contain the spread of the virus as much as they can.
This, together with other announced measures, have been described by many Ghanaians as satisfactory, and a proactive move to contain the spread of the virus.