Upper West Regional minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih has today disclosed to Radio Progress that, he is ready and implementing the directives of the President, Nana Akufo-Addo against the deadly coronavirus that has engulfed the world.

According to him, he has visited some number of institutions in the region and has confirmed that, they are all implementing presidents directive

“I visited University for Development Studies, Wa Polytechnic, Wa Technical Institute and the office of the regional house of chiefs and they are all adhering to the president directive’’.

The Government of Ghana has ordered the closure of all schools and suspended all public events to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, made the announcement in an address to the nation on Monday.

He said the ban was until further notice.

Public gatherings — including conferences, religious services, sports matches and political rallies — have also been suspended for four weeks, he said.

Ghana on Sunday announced it would start barring entry into the country from Tuesday for any non-Ghanaian citizen or resident “who, within the last 14 days, has been to a country that has recorded at least 200 cases.

The latest confirmed cases has risen to 7

According to the minister, he was able to talk to the paramount chief of Tumu traditional area who is also the president of the Upper West Regional house of chiefs, Richard Kanton Babine and they postponed the annual Paragbiele festival celebrated by the chiefs and people of Tumu in the Upper West Region which was scheduled on 21st April, 2020 to May this year.

Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih also said he had a meeting with the Wa-Naa, Regional Chief Imam and Yeri-Naa and that has made them to also issue a press release directing all Muslims to abstain from congregations by observing prayers at home. His meeting again with the Local Chapter of Churches also directed them to stop church services until further notice.

The minister refuted claims that, the Upper West regional hospital has recorded a single case in the past days.

“Wa have received GHS 10,000 ready for public education in the Upper West region “, the minister noted.

The Sahel state of Burkina Faso on Wednesday announced its first death from coronavirus, which is also the first known fatality in sub-Saharan Africa.

“We recorded the death overnight of a female patient aged 62, who suffered from diabetes and was in intensive care,” Burkina’s national coordinator for responding to the virus, Professor Martial Ouedraogo, told the press.



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