In light of an ongoing outbreak of anthrax in the northern region of Ghana, Chief Abubakar Iddrisu Ahmed, also known as Jordan, has issued a warning to Muslims regarding the animals to be slaughtered during the upcoming Eid al-Adha festivities. The outbreak has primarily affected cattle, sheep, and goats, posing a significant risk to human consumption.
Chief Iddrisu Ahmed, a respected figure in the community, emphasized the severity of the disease and its potential dangers to human health. Recognizing the cultural significance of animal sacrifice during Eid al-Adha, he urged the Muslim communities to exercise caution and take necessary measures to ensure the safety of the meat they consume.
Sarki Ciessawa Ghana, however, appealed to individuals planning to slaughter animals for the celebrations to have them thoroughly checked by professional veterinarians. This precautionary step would help identify any signs of infection or disease in the animals in order to prevent the consumption of contaminated meat.
Addressing the media on Friday, June 23, 2023, Moshe Passipanga Naaba of Greater Accra joined the conversation, focusing on the need for peaceful conduct during the political campaign season. In particular, he directed his message to the youth of the zongo communities, urging them to avoid resorting to violence in all aspects of their lives.
With the Eid al-Adha festivities fast approaching and the potential risks associated with the anthrax outbreak, Sarki Ciessawa’s message carries significant weight. His call for vigilance echoes the importance of prioritizing public health and safety, especially during times of celebration and community gatherings.
Authorities, local leaders, and individuals within the affected regions are expected to take heed of these warnings and ensure proper veterinary inspections are carried out on all animals intended for consumption during the upcoming Eid al-Adha festivities.