Upper East Regional Minister, Tangoba Abayage has refuted media reports that suggest the region has recorded its first case of the Coronavirus.
The allaying of public fears by the Minister follows some Media reports last week that Paga, a neighboring town to Burkina Faso in the Kassena-Nankana West District of the region recorded a case of Covid19.
But Madam Tangoba who was worried about the misinformation churned out which created fear and panic in the public space said,no case of that kind has been recorded in the region.
She expressed dissatisfaction about the spread of unverified news fed the public and called on the public especially the media to cross check facts before making such sensitive reports because of the potential of causing fear in the system.
“Fortunately for us as a region, and this is from authority, as we speak we have been spared. I have had people [who] come to ask me that we have a case in Paga. We don’t have any case of coronavirus in the region as we speak” she said.
Hon.Tangoba also impressed upon the public to be optimistic about the fight against Covid19 and observe the basic precautionary measures.
Madam Tangoba who put to rest the fears of residents however warned that the region was not “off the hook if residents fail to practice what we are supposed to practice”.
She admonished residents of the region to adhere to the safety directives to prevent the spread of the Covid 19.
The Regional Minister said this during a donation of protective items against the Covid19 for use at vantage areas in the Upper East Region.
Among the items donated by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development with support from Zoomlion Ghana includes hand sanitizers, Veronica buckets, tissues, liquid soap, face mask, hand gloves and dustbins.