As part of measures to curtail community transmission of COVID-19 in work places, Ogun State Government has clarified guidelines for decontamination of industry and business premises.
A release, issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Kunle Somorin, explained that the main objective of the Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Workplaces in the State, issued earlier in the wake of COVID-19, was to ensure a safe and conducive environment for workers in both public and private sectors, to minimise the risks of the spread of the virus.
According to the statement, “the key element in the guidelines is the requirement for industry and business premises to regularly decontaminate their work environment. In this regard, each company or business owner is at liberty to engage any competent service provider of its choice for fumigation or decontamination, provided the exercise is done in accordance with the standards that ensure the environment is free of coronavirus and other pathogens that are inimical to human health and safety.
“As a responsible administration, the fumigation or decontamination requirement is a public health focused initiative and never intended as a platform for revenue generation by government or a preserve of selected service providers”.
It further added that the directive was to clarify the guidelines, as it supersedes any information that may have been erroneously disseminated to the public, stressing that there were no government accredited decontamination service providers.
The statement reiterated government’s commitment at providing required leadership and guidelines to the citizenry, urging industries to place high premium on the health and safety of their workers, while individuals should see their safety and health as personal responsibility, as the battle against coronavirus could only be defeated if all stakeholders play their roles by ensuring strict adherence to safety protocols guiding the virus.
Press Officer, Governor’s Office