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Covid-19: markets must separate supply, transport and salespeople, says association

Angolan designers and consultants defended in a study the separation between supply, ‘roboters’ and salespeople, in the fight against the new coronavirus, “very simple” measures that, if not adopted, could put “many people” at risk.


The study, which the Lusa agency had access to, was prepared by the Angolan Association of Designers and Consultants (AAPC) and lists a set of precautions and rules for combating the new coronavirus in the country, which has already caused two deaths out of a total of 14 positive cases.

The president of AACP, Paulo Nóbrega, said that the study was based on the reality of the country, which “forces markets to work, because people do not have capital to store and often need to go shopping”.

“And we understand, as Angolans, that we know the way of being and functioning, making proposals, which can be simple to implement, because most of the proposals that are there can be adapted to existing markets and only require changes in procedures”, stated.

According to Paulo Nóbrega, these proposed procedures involve distancing, with markings on the floor of places where people can be to ensure removal and also in the conditions of their circulation, “as well as in the very clear separation of what is who supplies, who sells, of who is a client ”.

"It is very simple, what we have to do in a very clear way is to separate the supply, the 'robot operators' (goods transporters), the salespeople, from what are the customers to avoid what is the community transmission", he stressed.

For the president of the AAPC, the proposals presented "will be adopted all, some, most, but if they are not, many people will die".

"Because we are aware that our population does not have the financial means to store food, that we have to go to the market every day and that we cannot, without solving the problem of the markets, that there is no community transmission", he stressed.

In the study that has already been submitted to the Angolan authorities and has also reached Cape Verde and Mozambique, AAPC establishes supply supply circuits, independent of customers, with the demarcation of streets or paths in the middle of the markets, to ensure the absence of contact between seller, supplier and customer.

On the part of customers, it proposes the organization of people's circuits, so that they can walk in line and in a maximum number of people around the market, depending on their size.

“And then we study the banking very carefully, that is, how people organize waiting to be served, how people make purchases without touching the product, indicating to the seller what they want and then , in a separate bank, the financial transaction and delivery of the product takes place and there is also a bank for disinfecting hands there ”, explained Paulo Nóbrega.

According to the president of the AAPC, they have already been contacted by the government of the province of Luanda, to implement and begin to analyze this problem.

“We express our availability and I think that this will be done in the next few days. We were contacted by the government of the province of Luanda, by the government of Cuando Cubango, which we know has a market under construction and I wanted to adapt our rules and by the government of Cuanza Sul, who also looked at the notebook, ”he said.

After solutions for the markets, AAPC, which now groups the 16 largest management and inspection project companies in the market, will soon present two other similar projects, which are related to the issue of financial transmission (multi-cash / money) and transportation.

"These are situations that we approach from the perspective of the Angolan to the Angolan, of the country Angola without money and with the problem, and how to solve it," he said.

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