Following the directive by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo after the threat of the Coronavirus to curtail gatherings and close educational institutions, the Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih has met with duty bearers in society including chiefs and religious leaders resulting in the postponement of the Paragbiele festival celebrated by the people of Tumu in the Upper West Region.
Speaking to journalists on measures put in place to control the deadly virus, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih said his meeting with the Wa-Naa, Regional Chief Imam and Yeri-Naa culminated in a press release that directed all Muslims to abstain from congregations by observing prayers at home. His meeting again with the Local Chapter of Churches also directed them to defer church services until further notice.
Asked whether the Coordinating Directorate will punish religious leaders who defy the order of suspending worship in congregation, the Regional Minister said his intention now is to advice and take drastic measures if their noncompliance persist.
The Minister also directed all heads of departments to equip their offices with soap and water, a directive that should be met by Monday, March 23, 2020 and failure of which will have dire consequences on the head.
Whiles assuring the public that no one has been diagnosed of the deadly COVID-19 virus in the region, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih disclosed that, an amount of Ten Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢10,000.00) has been received by the Regional Health Directorate to educate the citizenry on how to curb the virus.
He further disclosed that Dr. Hilla Limann Polytechnic (Wa Polytechnic) is on the verge of producing hand sanitizers to cater for the shortage of the commodity on the market.
By: Abdallah Dan Hassan|myradiowaa.com|92.1fm|