EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: As the number of people contracting the dreadful COVID-19 pandemic continue to increase around the world and The Gambia registering three cases with one death, several young people and groups are spreading the prevention and control messages to people.
The pandemic that started in the Chinese city of Wuhan is now spreading like wildfire around the world with a recorded number of more than 400, 000 people contracting it, more than 19, 000 death and over 100, 000 recoveries.
A consortium of Gambian young people who established an initiative call COVID Gambia are trying to spread the recommended preventive and control measures about the virus through information technology.
It is initiated by Annas Bah, Founder of EvoSoft (IT and Telecoms) and CEO of AishaMarie Group, working with Modou NS Njie, founder of NWeb Plus (Website Design and Development Agency) and Farmfresh (Aggrotech).
Modou NS Njie told Eye Africa’s Good Morning Africa show on Wednesday that they are not doctors but engineers and professionals in IT and after discussing about the COVID-19 pandemic, they decided to set up a website to share information with Gambians and Diaspora Gambians about latest advice and information and to raise funds to support The Gambia during this trying time.
Due to its fast-viral spread around the world, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
Fatou Ceesay, a young female Gambian based in the State of Georgia in the United States who works with Homeless Teenage Mothers to access educational opportunities for women in the United States, also told the Good Morning Africa show that the negative impacts of the virus is affecting immigrants in the US, some of whom have already lost their jobs.
Co-founder of the Girls Agenda Organisation, Ms Ceesay is leading a fundraising campaign through her foundation call Giving Back Charity Foundation The Gambia in the United States to help Gambia’s health ministry in the fight against the global pandemic.
Ms Ceesay said the way she is worried about the COVID-19 pandemic in the US is the same way she is worried for her country because she know the country’s health care is trying to contain the virus but suggest that it would be better to have daily briefing by the health ministry.
Gambia’s health ministry, Saturday introduced a daily media briefing on the virus where the number of people under quarantine, confirmed cases, death and those under follow-up will be announced.