Oct 8, 2010, 2:28 PM
Tourism Board in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Gambia
Training and Hospitality Institute (GTHI) and the National Center for Arts and
Culture (NCAC) have donated medical items to the Ministry of Health and Social
Held at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture office in Banjul, the donation of the medical items is part of effort to contribute to the fight against coronavirus in the country.
Babucarr Suwareh, GTBoard board member said at their level, they found it very important to extend their support to the Ministry of Health in the interest of the entire country.
Professor Pierre Gomez, a board member of GTHI, said the outbreak is a threat to global health that requires not only the hands of the health personnel but everyone.
“All stakeholders need to come on board and contribute their quota,” he said, adding that Gambia will be obviously affected as it depends largely on tourism.
Abdoulie Hydra, director general of Gambia Tourism Board said the outbreak is threatening an industry that is contributing immensely to Gambia’s GDP, saying the failure of the tourism sector means the failure of many parts of the country’s economy.
“As an institution, we ensure a safe working environment for all staff and visitors in all the hotels, and to raise the awareness of all staff on the coronavirus and dispel rumors and misinformation. We also set standards of acceptable codes of conduct and practices to disease prevention in the tourism sector,” Mr Hydra explained.
Mustapha Bittaye, acting director of Medical Services thanked the donors for their support, saying that this would go a long way in helping the ministry of Health in their effort to prevent the coronavirus from entering into the country.