In line with President Akufo-Addo’s announcement for the reopening of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to international traffic September 1, the Aviation Ministry, in partnership with Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL), has disinfected the facility.

The exercise, which came off Monday, August 31, 2020, was to pave the way for KIA to resume operations.

It is also among government’s measures to halt further spread of the coronavirus, especially in the light of the fact that the country’s first cases were imported.

Speaking to the media, the General Manager of Vector Control at Zoomlion, Rev Ebenezer Kwame Addae, explained that while the first disinfection held at the facility was targeted at curbing the spread of the virus, the second was aimed at destroying every virus hiding around the airport.

Besides these two exercises, he said regular disinfections would be carried out in three phases at the KIA.

He revealed that this would be done by KIA designated staff members at scheduled periods in the morning, afternoon and evening.

“The morning disinfection will cover the terminals, arrival halls, while the evening exercise takes care of all other departments at the airport including the airport clinic,” he explained.

Rev Addae assured the general public of their safety adding that with the strict observance of the Covid-19 safety protocols, the airport will be safer for the general public.”

The Minister of Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda, said the government had put in place adequate safety measures at the KIA to protect passengers and staff members from the malignant virus.

These measures, he mentioned, included the installation of Covid-19 testing facilities.

He, therefore, commended Zoomlion for its quick response to disinfect and fumigate KIA and its environs.

Earlier, a Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, addressing a news conference at the KIA reaffirmed that the country has put adequate measures in please to be able to detect possible Covid-19 cases at the airport.

He went on to stress that the measures would help prevent any infected person from slipping through the radar.