Gambia Considers extension of Covid-19 quarantine period to 21 days

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul THE GAMBIA: The Ministry of Health is considering the increment of quarantine period by seven more days, owing to the novel nature of the COID-19 pandemic.

Director of Health Promotion and Education at the Ministry of Health, Modou Njai told eye Africa Good Morning Programme on Monday that the new quarantine period will likely be twenty-one days.

The move came after two security officers were tested positive of the coronavirus a day after they completed the fourteen-day kurantine quarantine period under the Ministry.

“During our adhoc meeting, we had a brainstorm on this that we need to increase the quarantine period for twenty-one days. That is just a suggestion from some of the technical committee. We have to learn from the experts from the laboratory. And if they give us advice that there is a need to increase the quarantine period, automatically we will have to go by that,” he added.

The two female officers who tested positive of the virus and one whose case was inconclusive as of last week are members of a female security contingent who returned from a United Nations peace training mission in the United Arab Emirates on March 20.

Gambia registered five new cases of coronavirus, bringing the number of active cases to six following a latest set of seventy-six laboratory test results.

For the first time since the confirmation of COVID-19 in the country, traces of local transmission of the virus has been confirmed on two cases.

Mr Njai said COVID-19 being a new disease, scientist around the world are working tirelessly to bring about solution to the pandemic.

On the side of the ministry, the health promotion and education unit renewed pledge to strengthen the country’s national health laboratory to be able to conduct tests of the COVID-19 anytime soon.

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