The Upper East Regional Security Council(REGSEC) has declared a suspension of visits to prisons in the region as part of measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
The decision was concluded after a crunch meeting of the security services and political heads on Monday in Bolgatanga.
The stringent measures taken are to ensure the citizenry is protected from an outbreak of COVID-19 following six confirmed cases of the diseases with several contacts which tracing is underway.
Relaying the decision taken by REGSEC to the Media, Upper East Regional Minister, Hon. Tangoba Abayage said the two prisons at Navrongo and Bawku will be closed to visitors until further noticed.
According to her, the decision was in line with President Nana Akufo Addo’s declaration of the closure of public gatherings and closure of schools across the country to prevent and reduce the spread of the virus.
“The two prisons we have in the region Navrongo and Bawku are not going to accept any visitors within the thirty days the President has given as part of their security measures. The security agencies have also been directed to tighten measures at our borders to prevent the importation of the virus if any. In fact,the Ghana Health Service is to work with the security agencies at our borders and intensify their interventions at the borders“She said.
Hon. Tangoba added that after the regional stakeholder engagements,all District and Municipal Chiefs Executives in the region are expected to hold meetings with traditional leaders to intensify awareness and sensitization of COVID-19.
“All MMDAs are going to hold emergency MUSEC and DISEC meetings at which they will invite the traditional and religious authorities to implement the decisions that have been taken at the regional level. we have also agreed that the MMDAs will resource the information offices to undertake intensive education in the community and in the markets particularly on the need for personal hygiene and the need for healthy living” She added.
However,the Minister has appealed to the media to collaborate with the Ghana Health Service for public education on CONVID-19.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Health Service has assured it’s readiness to ensure the public is protected from the spread of the Coronavirus.