Health Ministry imposes new protocols targeting travellers coming to The Gambia

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:- The Ministry of Health has imposed new protocols regarding coronavirus testing guidelines and quarantine procedures for travellers coming to The Gambia, the government has announced on Friday.

According to a press release issued by the government spokesperson, Ebrima Sankareh, the Health Ministry in collaboration with WHO will now conduct rapid diagnostic tests for passengers arriving at the Banjul international airport with immediate effects.

“Travellers coming from hotspot countries (listed below) as identified by the Ministry of Health, will now undergo a ‘Rapid COVID-19 Test’ upon arrival at the airport in addition to having a valid COVID-19 PCR test result of 72hrs,” the release said, adding, “Those travellers whose rapid test results turn negative will be allowed to go home with the advice to report to the sample collection site in case of any signs of COVID-19.”

According the dispatch, travellers who test positive on arrival will be subjected to a further mandatory PCR testing for confirmation of their lates COVID-19 statuses. 

“All other travellers from non-hotspot countries shall provide a valid negative PCR test within 72hrs. Such passengers will be allowed to go home and advised to observe a 14-day self-monitored quarantine with a condition to report for testing when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms,” it said.

The UK, US, Belgium, Italy, France, Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands, are some of the countries affected by the new rule.

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