EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Health minister Dr. Ahmad Lamin Samateh has warned Gambians that COVID-19 pandemic is real and not a joke and urge everyone in the country to adhere to the health advice of his ministry and the world health Organisation.
Briefing the media at his office on the COVID-19 situation in the Gambia on Wednesday, minister Samateh said one of the close contacts of the Bangladeshi man who died of the virus has been quarantined and the test is yet to be received.
Since the outbreak, Gambia registered three cases. The first case-patient is a female Gambian who entered the country from United Kingdom. She is currently under intense medical care at the medical research council Gambia.
Second case was a Bangladeshi man who came to the country from neighboring Senegal. It was confirmed that he contracted the virus after his death on Sunday, while the third case is also a 71-year-old Gambian who recently returned to the country from France.
Minister Samateh told journalists at the Wednesday briefing that contact tracing is continuing aggressively and anyone who had contact with the man or the Markas center should be vigilant of their health and report any abnormality on their bodies.
According to him, they are purchasing equipment which will equip all the health facilities in the country, saying currently there are 177 people in quarantine centers with four them staff of his ministry. He thanked the staff under quarantine for their service and all other health workers.