Health Ministry debunks suspected COVID-19 presence in Gambia as Misinformation

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Ministry of Health has falsified information given to the Gambia Radio and Television Services by its Director of Health Promotion and Education regarding two suspected cases of coronavirus in the country.

According to the ministry, the statement that president Adama Barrow will announce suspected two cases of coronavirus on two Indonesians who travel via Senegal into The Gambia was false.

“We hereby inform the public that this information is totally false, Misleading and taking out of context. It is in no way [a representation] of the view of the Ministry of Health.”

Equally, the ministry denies the idea that “the two suspects are currently being isolated at the Medical Research Council in Fajara.

This is the second time in less than two week for the ministry to debunk information from the Directorate of Health Promotion and Education. The first instance was in relation to a purported ban on the media to host any guest on the subject of Coronavirus without approval by the ministry.

Following the GRTS programme on Tuesday morning, information of suspected cases posing as emergency on the health sector took rounds on social media with segments of the public calling for tighter border control with Senegal where more than twenty cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. The Ministry said it renews its request for public engagement via toll free line on 1025.

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