Peacefmonline.com can confirm that some staff of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) have tested positive for COVID-19 after the organization embarked on a mass testing a few days ago.
Consequently, all offices (Corporate/Subsidiaries/Divisions) of COCOBOD, will be shut down for a three-day fumigation exercise, effective Wednesday, 8th July 2020 to Friday, 10th July 2020, to ensure that the safety of other staff are not "compromised".
Reliable sources hinted, however, that staff of the government-controlled institution that fixes the buying price for cocoa in the country are expected to resume work, hopefully on Monday, 13th July 2020.
An internal circular sighted by Peacefmonline.com and signed by the Chief Executive Officer Joseph Boahin Aidoo, assured that "all necessary arrangements have been made for the affected staff to receive the necessary medical attention and contact tracing is currently ongoing to enforce quarantine and isolation measures, wherever application, of members/families who have been in contact with such staff."
A similar decision was taken by the management of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) on Monday, after several of its staff tested positive for COVID-19 at the company’s headquarters.
A statement by the BOST to the general public said it was "closing down its head office at Dzorwulu in the Ayawaso West Municipality from Monday, 6th July to Monday 13 July 2020.
“This has become necessary due to mass testing of staff carried out by the company at the head office in the wake of staff of the IT department testing positive for the virus. After the mass testing, a number of staff tested positive and arrangements are being made for their treatment.”
CLOSURE OF COCOBOD AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES/IDIVISIONS HEAD OFFICES FOR FUMIGATION DUE TO COVID-19
The Management of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) wishes to bring to the attention of the general public that effective Wednesday, 8th July 2020 to Friday, 10th July 2020, all its Head Offices (Corporate/Subsidiaries/Divisions) in Accra will be closed down for fumigation exercise.
This has become necessary due to the mass testing the Organization is currently undertaking which has resulted in some staff members testing positive for COVID-19. All necessary arrangements have been made for the affected staff to receive the necessary medical attention and contact tracing is currently ongoing to enforce quarantine and isolation measures, wherever application, of members/families who have been in contact with such staff.
The fumigation exercise will ensure that the safety of other staff will not be compromised once work resumes on Monday, 13th July 2020.
We wish to assure the general public during the period of the closed down, that normal work will continue without any destruction as staff have been equipped with the necessary working tools to be able to work remotely from their homes.
All individuals and companies with urgent business should contact us via our online portal.
COCOBOD is always there to serve the interest of our cherished cocoa farmers and the nation as a whole.
We thank all for your cooperation.
HON JOSEPH BOAHEN AIDOO