14 November 2012

Ghana: Zoomlion Vector Control Unit Fumigates Markets

Ho — The Vector Control Unit of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, the largest waste management company in the country, has embarked on a project at market places in the region, dubbed "deratization."

Deratization is a process by which the population of rodents in stores at the markets is reduced by the application of rodenticides. Rodents proved to be the most intelligent and adaptable of all pests as they easily move into human habitats, farm buildings and food stores and markets.

Briefing the media at the Kadjebi market, during one of many such exercises, the Volta Regional Public Relations Officer of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mr. Francis Tawiah said rodenticides served as bait that are prepared and placed at vantage points in stores at the markets, for the rodents to feed on which kills them, thereby reducing their population.

Mr. Tawiah explained that the vector control at the various markets in the region was seen as crucial by his outfit because the devastating effects of rodents at the market places ought to be seen as a major threat to human life noting that rodent activities at the markets normally lead to food poisoning.

The Zoomlion PRO further explained that the rodents at the market contaminate stored products such as food items, by urinating and defecating on them, which unknowingly are sold out to consumers, adding that rodents also invariably cause extensive damage to buildings.

Mr. Tawiah continued that Zoomlion had already worked at the Kpando, Dzemeni and the Dzodze markets promising that the organization had intensified the vector control system to ensure that all markets in towns and villages in the region were covered so as to reduce the threat posed by the activities of rodents to human life.

He stressed the need for the people to support the activities of Zoomlion, which is basically aimed at ensuring clean environment that would help in ensuring sound health among them, adding that the notion that the company would clean the environment, therefore, people should litter their surroundings indiscriminately, ought to be changed.

On his part, the Kadjebi District Environmental Health Officer, Mr. K. AzilaKu commended the staff and management of Zoomlion for their vision and efforts, which he noted would go a long way to support activities of traders at the markets because the harmful effects of rodents at the various markets could not be quantified.

Mr. Azilaku disclosed that market women in the area complained about how rodents were destroying their goods in the market, which his office responded swiftly by organizing an educational programme to educate them on the need to protect their items particularly food before selling them to the public.

He said Zoomlion is seen as an effective partner to the Environmental Health Department in the District since its activities complements the work of the Environmental Health which ensured that the communities, particularly public places like the market were kept clean at all times through sound hygienic practices.

The Kadjebi District Environmental Health Officer assured the management and staff of Zoomlion that his outfit would take up the monitory role at the market to ensure that the work of Zoomlion yield positive results adding that it was very important for all to be actively involved in the activities of the waste management company which was in the general interest of the public.

Mr. Azilaku stressed the need for the people to take environmental and sanitation issues more seriously to enable them to guide against preventable diseases and death.

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