Game hunting in groups has been banned temporarily in Ghana’s Northern Region to prevent the spread of the deadly Covid-19 disease.
It follows President Akufo-Addo’s announcement on suspension of all public gatherings and a temporary closure of all public institutions across the country following the outbreak of the deadly virus.
A statement from the Northern Regional Security Council said that the decision to suspend the group hunting spree was in compliance with the President’s directive.
“In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent measures outlined by the government to deal with the issue, a number of stakeholder engagements have been held in the Northern Region to ensure compliance to all the directives,” the statement noted.
The Northern Regional Security Council further explained that the decision follows call by traditional authorities in the Region who intimated that the mode of hunting in communities in the Northern Region could pose a threat to the lives of individuals.
“As part of the measures, the Regional Security Council has accepted the call by some traditional leaders for the immediate ban on group hunting and its related activities in the region. This directive takes cognizance of the large number of people who usually pack themselves in vehicles for this activity and the danger it poses to the required social distancing protocol outlined to prevent the spread of the pandemic,” parts of a statement signed by the Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed and sent to Dailymailgh.com read.
The Council also said its taskforce will deal with anybody who go against the directives.
It also called on all stakeholders, including religious leaders, traditional authorities and other interest groups to help prevent fight the disease.
Covid-19 cases in Ghana
The country has already recorded 16 cases of the deadly Covid-19 disease.
The country’s health officials said the patients are recovering and are in stable conditions.
The country has also tightened restrictions across its borders as a measure to contain the disease.
By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH