Peshawar’s disinfection intensifies

With the number of suspected Covid-19 cases on the rise, dozens of teams of the sanitation company on Monday sterilised the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, government offices, police line, streets and roads, markets and public spaces.

The teams with personal protection masks and suites continued sterilisation in four zones until late night.

According to a news release, the disinfection started in the wee hours of Monday, spraying roads and streets in Yakatoot, Nauthia and other localities.

The disinfection has been planned to be carried out in night as roads, streets and markets remain empty. However, keeping in view the intensity of pandemic, the teams were tasked to continue even in the day.

Disinfection of Dauranpur quarantine centre and surrounding localities have also been carried out repeatedly. Localities that have been declared high risk are being sprayed with Chlorine.

WSSP chief executive officer Syed Zafar Ali Shah also directed all zonal managers to set up wash basins on major roads and provide soaps for hand washing.

“Take all possible steps that could contain spread of the Covid-19,” he asked managers.

He asked the authorities to ensure close coordination with government departments and district administration to fight the pandemic together. He said the city-wide disinfection would continue until the threat of the virus was over. “WSSP teams would remain in field as long as the virus remains there,” he added.

He said to protect the teams from being affected, N-95 masks and protective gears were being procured for sanitation workers.

The company has started installing pressure washers on all tankers and bowsers while chemicals, effective to kills the virus are being procured.

The teams have sprayed walled city, Gulbahar, Faqirabad, GT Road, Nauthia and other localities have been sprayed.

Managers solid waste have been asked to dump the waste at a separate place at its dumping site in Shamshato, fumigated and then cover with lime properly.

Localities where suspected cases have been reported have been sprayed repeatedly. The chief executive officer urged the masses to stay at home for safety of yourself, children and other people.

“The only treatment is staying home. It will make our job easy to contain spread of the deadly virus,” he said.

Published in Dawn, March 24th, 2020