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COVID-19: Ya-Na bans all public gatherings in Dagbon with immediate effect

King of Dagbon, Ya-Na Abukari II

The King of Dagbon Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Ya-Na Abukari II in consultation with Council of Elders and Chief Imams in Dagbon has with immediate effect ban all public gathering, including Friday’s prayer and funeral performance in Dagbon Traditional area.

This is following the directive given by President Nana Akufo-Addo on Sunday, March 15, 2020 to combat the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in Ghana.

“All public gatherings, including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events and religious activities, such as services in Churches and Mosques, have been suspended for the next four weeks. Private burials are permitted, but with limited numbers, not exceeding twenty-five in attendance,” the President ordered.

The Ya-Na appealed to all in the Northern region and in Ghana as a whole to support the national process of controlling the COVID-19 infection rate in the country.

“The responsibility of ensuring a controlled COVID-19 infection rate is the duty of all Ghanaians and people living in the country. While social media has lots of information, Ghanaians should seek information on COVID-19 from authorized and trusted sources only,” he advised.

In statement issued and signed on his behalf by the secretary for the Gbewaa Palace, Abdul Rahaman Mohammed in Yendi, the Ya-Na on behalf of Chiefs and people of Dagbon commended the President for demonstrating leadership during these trying times of global pandemic.

“The experience of South Korea where a religious congregational activity was key factor in the Asian country’s loss of control of the COVID-19 infection rates should be instructive to us. This is not the time to invoke constitutional rights as we are not in normal times,” the King appealed.

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