Dr Mohammed Ibrahim Awal (Right), Minister for Business Development at the residence of Tamale Zongo Chief

The Zongo Chief of Tamale and Leader of the Shia Muslim Community in the northern region, Sheikh Abdul-Mumin Dalhu has admonished the youth and people of the region to take their personal hygiene and safety serious as Ghana records two cases of the deadly coronavirus.

The Chief urged the people particularly the youth to abstain from unnecessary body contacts and frequent handshakes in the wake of the global pandemic. 

Sheikh Abdul Mumin Dalhu said the spread of the virus is very scary, therefore, urging the public to take precautionary measures about how they conduct themselves both in public gathering and at home.

He said people must eat healthy fruits to boost their immune system in order for the body to fight any infectious disease that may attack them.

The Islamic Scholar added that the consistent intake of water is good for the body and helps the system against dehydration.

Alhaji Abdul Mumin Dalhu made these remarks when Minister for Business Development, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal together with a former Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Prince Imoro Andani paid a courtesy call on him on Friday.

He further encouraged the public to observe a frequent hand wash with soap as advised by health experts.

He said people must begin to understand and respect others when they decline their handshakes.

“This is temporary; we must respect the order of the day. In our part of the globe, we should intensify our prayers for the mercy of Almighty Allah to be upon us. The spread of the coronavirus is very scary and prevention is always better than cure, let’s be wary of the disease” he said.

“As you can see, I have provided water, soap and tissue for people who visit to wash their hands, let’s encourage one another because we can abstain from any infection if we maintain personal hygiene” he stressed.

The Business Development Minister rounded up his weeklong working tour of the northern region on Friday after visiting the Ya Naa Abukari Mahama II, Mionlana Mahamadu Abdulai, Yoo Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani V, Tolon Naa Major (rtd) Sulemana Abubakari, Diare Lana Abdulai Abukari II, Kadia Naa Sulemana among others.

He thanked them for supporting President Nana Akufo-Addo and urged them to give the president four more years to grow the economy and improve the socioeconomic status of the people.

Dr Awal said the President should be given another four-year mandate for the good leadership he has provided the people of this country, stating the implementation of the flagship programmes such as Planting for Food and Jobs, Free SHS policy, Fertilizer and Seeds subsidy, One Village, One Dam shows how well Nana Akufo-Addo has performed.