The Tema Regional Police Commander, DCOP Edward Johnson Akrofi-Oyirifi says the command is taking steps to secure a court order to relocate ten inmates who tested positive for COVID- 19 in the area.
This he said is to ensure the safety of other inmates within the cells.
He made this known when Zoomlion Ghana Limited extended its nationwide disinfection exercise to the Tema Regional Police Command.
The team disinfected police cells and some police offices at the regional command at the Main Harbour.
According to him, of the ten COVID-19 inmates, nine were from Ashaiman cells while one was recorded in a cell in Kpone.
Speaking to Citi News, DCOP Edward Johnson said the process has already started.
“With the inmates, we recorded nine in the Ashaiman cells and one at Kpong. They are remand and convicted prisoners but the other inmates tested negative and we have taken it upon ourselves to move a motion at the courts for the courts to direct them to be kept in isolation centres for treatment. We have started the process. With the Kpong one, the court has given the directive and he is being taken to Ashaiman. The Ashaiman people are also in court to move the motion, but those who tested negative are being transported to Ankaful prisons.”
However, he said none of the police personnel in Tema has tested positive for the disease so far.
“Thankfully, all the other inmates who were in the cells with these COVID-19 inmates have tested negative, and have thus been transported to the Ankaful Prisons,” the regional commander said.
On social distancing in the cells, he stated that the inmates were more protected in the cells.
This, he said, was because by confining them in the cells, they were not exposed to the rest of the population.
“I don’t think that we are putting them at risk since they are not coming into contact with the general population. I think that even they being in the cells was better for them because then they are isolated and quarantined from the rest of the Ghanaian population,” he opined.
The Tema Regional Police Commander used the opportunity to praise his officers who were deployed during the partial lockdown.
“Our personnel in the deployment during the partial lockdown were always brave to educate people who were commuting to Tema and its environs. And, I must say that they were professional in dealing with the lockdown directives,” he gladly expressed.
In this regard, DCOP Akrofi-Oyirifi gave an assurance that his officers remained resolute in the fight against the global pandemic.
He added that the Regional Security Council was collaborating with the metropolitan assemblies to enforce the “No Face Mask, No Entry” directive in Tema to ensure that the virus is contained, he said.
“We also have officers who regularly patrol the region to make sure that residents, factories, pharmacy shops among others were strictly adhering to the COVID-19 preventive protocols,” he added.
According to him, the disinfection exercise, which is a collaboration between the Ghana Police Service and Zoomlion Ghana Limited, will cover four divisions and fourteen districts in the Tema enclave.
He said it will include the disinfection of police stations, cells, offices and barracks under the above jurisdictions.
“They have started with the regional headquarters and from here they will be moving to the various divisions,” he noted.
Zoomlion Regional Manager, Tema, Seth Appiah, explained that the exercise was a collaboration between his outfit and the Ghana Police Service.
According to him, the Tema police have been very cooperative in the discharge of their work.
For the disinfection and fumigation of Tema police facilities, he disclosed that they have deployed twenty workers for the exercise.