The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Shani Alhassan Shaibu addressing Muslim Congregants at the Jubilee Park - Tamale for Eid-ul-Adha

The Minister for Northern Region, Alhaji Shani Alhassan Shaibu, has admonished residents in Tamale and all parts of the northern region not to relent in their efforts to observing the safety protocols outlined to curb the spread of the disease in Ghana.

Addressing a congregation of Muslims during the Eid-ul-Adha festival on Tuesday (20 July, 2021) at the Tamale Jubilee Park, the Minister said the coronavirus pandemic remains a great threat to both our lives and health systems as a nation with the emergency of the delta variant, a highly transmissible strain in the country.  

Health experts in Ghana have warned of a third wave of the pandemic virus with the discovery of the delta variant in some parts of the country.  

Scientists have said the delta variant has multiple mutations with rapid transmission compared to other strains.

In this regard, the Northern Regional Minister noted the citizenry must be committed to abiding by the protocols to bring the spread under control.

He said people must prioritized the wearing of nose mask, regular hand washing with soap under running water, use of alcohol based hand sanitizers and observing physical distance in public gathering to contain and curb the transmission of the virus.

The country’s active cases count currently stands at 3,466 with 817 deaths recorded since March 2020.

Meanwhile, the Eid-ul-Adha festival is a season of sacrifice of animals such as sheep, cow, buffalo and camel in obedience of a command from Allah to reflect Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, after Allah (God) instructed him to in a dream.