EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Director of health promotion and education of Gambia’s health ministry said the only corona virus case in the country is under rapid medical support in isolation at the Medical Research Council.
Briefing the media on the current situation of COVID-19 on Saturday, Modou Njie said the case is a 28-year-old female Gambian who arrived in the country on March 17 from the United Kingdom and went into self-isolation when she feels some abnormalities on her body.
On Thursday, Gambia’s cabinet approved a 500 Million Dalasis Emergency Fund for Coronavirus Response during a state house meeting presided over by President Adama Barrow. The fund will enable the Ministry of Health to provide effective, adequate, and timely response to the outbreak.
Mr Njie said the 28-year-old case-patient traveled to the UK on March 9 on official duty and returned on march 15 via Royal Air Maroc AT579. ‘the case-patient is now isolated and clinically stable. No new case has yet been confirmed since the index case was reported,’ Mr Njie said.
He said currently, 28 people have been quarantined, five on self-isolation, 36 contacts traced with no confirmed case, no suspected case and no death.
Fourteen jumped quarantine
It has been reported that fourteen people who entered the country through the airport have left the quarantine center. Mr Njie said those people have break the public health laws and the law will be applied on them when apprehended. ‘Our system is far better than many other countries,’ he said.
Serign Modou Joof of the National Disaster Management Agency and chairman of the multi-sectoral emergency committee said Corona virus is alarming that people need to be updated regularly, ssaying that virtue of the existence of the social media, people are giving all kinds of misleading information about the outbreak. ‘We should not use this as an opportunity to cause alarm in the country.’
Mr Joof aappealed for cooperation of all Gambians and to report any suspected case to authorities concerned.
Sanna Sambou, programme manager of epidemiology and disease control department of the ministry of health encouraged the public to always report suspected cases, saying the number of contact tracers have now being increased.