The Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, has banned commercial s3x work in the capital town of the Region.
His attention was drawn after 10 cases of the deadly coronavirus was recorded in the region.
A statement signed by the Minister said the ten confirmed cases in Tamale “is a wake-up call to all of us to go by all directives issued to contain COVID-19”.
“Accordingly, the Regional Security Council has decided to place a ban on prostitution and its related activities with immediate effect”, the statement said.
He said the infected people confirmed in the Northern Region were s3x workers and their activities puts them at risk especially at this dangerous time.
“I know sometimes it is difficult to tell people not to engage in this activity, but in this period of Coronavirus that we are preaching that people should ensure social distance, we have come to realize that there are a lot of the people who have put themselves under the cover of darkness within the capital of Tamale and some parts of the region and doing prostitution,” he said.
He continued: “If you look at the confirmed victims of Coronavirus, some of them are prostitutes. They have been fished out from those locations and I am using it as a basis to ban prostitution in Northern Region. So, on this note, I am pleading with you, especially with the young men and young ladies. We know that sometimes you want to satisfy your desire in one way or the other but at this critical moment, everybody is hot in this region and the country. I am pleading, people should fear God, fear the almighty Allah, our Lord Jesus Christ and stop this prostitution.”