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Covid-19: No room for complacency!

May 21, 2020, 12:47 PM

With over 90,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, The Gambia is among few African countries that still records fewer cases compared to others within the continent.

With figures running in hundreds and thousands in some part, now is the time to intensify and put in place stricter precautionary measures as per WHO recommended guidelines.

There should be no room for complacency in the fight against coronavirus. Let’s build on the gains registered thus far and ensure no one dies of it.

Communities along the borders should be vigilant and make it a point of duty to report those entering the country illegally.

On Tuesday night the president acting on powers vested on him according to the 1997 Constitution of Republic of The Gambia declared another 21-day State of Public Emergency. This is part of a broader move to help curb the spread of the virus in the country.

The Gambia now has 10 active cases, 1 death with 12 others already being treated and discharged.

COVID-19 knows no ethnicity, no job description, no net wealth, no rank in society, no gender and borders. It is an international pandemic that has infected over one million people and claimed the lives of thousands globally, with the numbers still rising.

However, the greatest challenge now is the potential for complacency, particularly with the fewer active cases. Let’s continue adhering to recommended guidelines such as social distancing and avoid overcrowded places.

We commend the Ministry of Health for their proactive response in the fight, despite reports of some unscrupulous corrupt officials within the ministry, who want to hijack covid-19 funds for their personal enrichment.

Kudos also to our formidable active frontline personnel, partners, who are working round the clock to make sure the virus is totally eradicated in the country.  This is what patriotism calls for giving yourself in the service of humanity.

“I hate to see complacency prevail in our lives when it’s so directly contrary to the teaching of Christ.”

Jimmy Carter

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