Lieutenant Malick Sanyang, the spokesperson of The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) has unequivocally pointed out that GAF is a professional armed forces, contributing and subscribing fully to the United Nations’ health regulation and guidelines for peacekeeping operations.
“We have a very competent medical team that is fully qualified and they conduct their medical exam as per the requirement of the UN peacekeeping programmes. So it is not the intention of GAF to drop anybody. Whoever falls below the medical requirement by UN, we will do what is right,” he said.
Sanyang was speaking to our reporter on Tuesday in an exclusive interview after reports that some personnel of Gambia Armed Forces were denied participation in the peacekeeping mission in the troubled region of Darfur, Sudan, due to their medical condition (hepatitis).
However, the GAF public relations officer (PRO) debunked the story that none of their members were dropped due to hepatitis. “These are medical documents and that they cannot be in the public domain. All those that are not selected to participate in peacekeeping mission do not necessarily meet the requirement as per UN medical requirement,” he told our reporter.
PRO Sanyang says as far he knew, they did not receive any letter of protest from any association with regard to hepatitis, saying that GAF will also continue to follow the medical requirement stipulated by UN for peacekeeping.
“GAF does not reject any personnel suffering from hepatitis. Whatever you have and if it falls below the medical requirement as per UN standard the rules will be applied.”