EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:-
The Ministry of Health has on Saturday called for the reinforcement of the COVID-19 measures put in place as the new variant strain spread its roots in the country.
“The fact that the variant strain is thought to be more contagious, than the viral strains currently in wide circulation calls for reinforcing the importance of wearing a mask, social distancing outside homes and quarantining of people exposed to positive cases,” the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said the discovery of this variant does not until now change the current public health strategies and recommendations, but emphasizing that it’s important to protect “ourselves and others by adhering to the measures instituted by Health officials.”
The new strain of the virus was first discovered in United Kingdom, and has been found in other countries such as South Africa and Brazil.
“It may be noted that, whist it has been found difficult to know whether one has new strain, preliminary studies have indicated that, the COVID 19 Vaccines currently developed and used in some countries are effective against the variant strain. It is therefore important to protect ourselves and others by adhering to the measures instituted by Health officials,” it adds.
“Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Medical Research Council and London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in The Gambia will continue to collect and isolate for the common COVID 19, the new variant and any other form of strain by strict observance of standard procedures. The two designated and accredited Laboratories in The Gambia have been screening COVID 19 virus using an effective sequencing.
“The Ministry of Health assures the general public that, COVID 19 tests conducted in The Gambia by the National Public Health Laboratory and the Medical Research Council and London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in The Gambia are effective and safe, thus urge all to utilize for these two facilities for testing and Certification of COVID 19 samples.”
The public is further encouraged to call the Ministry of Health Toll-Free Number 1025 for other related information.
The Ministry of Health further solicits the continuous support and cooperation of the general public in its efforts to contain COVID-19 and also in addressing all health care needs of the population.