EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia’s health ministry said Tuesday evening that the country has registered its first case of COVID-19 on a female Gambian from UK, saying it is doing all it can to prevent further spread of the virus.
The announcement came less than 24 hours after the ministry debunked its Director of Health Promotion and Education’s confirmation of two suspected cases of the virus in the country to the Gambia Radio and Television Services.
Health Minister Dr Ahmad Lamin Samateh confirmed the case on national TV but said it is different from the two suspected cases who entered the country from Indonesia. He said when the case entered the country, she observed some abnormalities on her body and decided to self-isolate and during that she contacted the Medical Research Council.
It also came few minutes after President Adama Barrow addressed the nation on the outbreak in which he said as at 15th March, a total of 355 people of interest have been followed, some of whom have been put on self-isolation in the country.
The minister encouraged the public that to prevent themselves and their families, they must always wash their hands with soap and to avoid touch their face, shake hands and to keep away from public gatherings. For more info call 1025 help line.
The President has now ordered for the immediate closure of all schools, including universities, Madrassas and Daras or majlis closed from Wednesday, 18th March 2020 for 21 days as the country grapple with tension over the confirmation of more than twenty cases of COVID-19 in neighboring Senegal.