EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The National Assembly Select Committee on Health, Women, Children, Disaster, Humanitarian Relief and Refugees, Tuesday tabled their report before deputies at the National Assembly on the inspection visits to official international entry points and holding and isolation centres for Coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
The visits were meant to assess the country’s state of preparedness against Coronavirus. The report was tabled by the committee’s chairperson and member for Banjul North, Ousman Sillah.
Tuesday evening, health minister confirmed one case of the virus in the country detected on a female Gambian who arrived in the country from UK just some few minutes after President Adama Barrow addressed the nation on the country’s situation and reported that there was no confirmed case in the country.
Ousman Sillah, chairperson of the select committee recommended for all borders to be closed including the unofficial ones in the rural arears that render easy entry into the country.
Responding to the report, member for Serrekunda, Halifa Sallah said there is standard preparedness at the country’s borders and at the Airport but said there is still room for improvement. He said what takes to be prepared for the outbreak as a country is by having all the required materials and willing individuals who will work without excuses.
He also noted that security and health personnel should be provided with all the protective equipment and the materials for their operation.
Mr Sallah recommended for the government to get in contact with Gambians living in abroad to know their status and their wellbeing. He also said that the country is preparing for an issue that needs finance, saying the Minister of health should know what is needed for the operation.
Fatoumatta Jawara, member for Talinding challenged the ministry of agriculture to also take measures that are required to check all the animals coming from affected countries like neighboring Senegal before entering into The Gambia.
She also suggests for them to establish close work with the ministry of health to conduct thorough checking on animals before allowing them to be consumed by people.
Sidia Jatta of Wuli west advised that human intelligence must not be underestimated, saying there is nothing that human intelligence cannot overcome.
Written by Aminata Jobe