Jul 24, 2020, 10:30 AM
Preparing for disasters is one of the fundamental and right approaches communities and even government need to encourage to minimise the impact of disaster when it strikes.
The last time this kind of pandemic was seen in the world was about a100 years ago. It was called the Spanish Flu. At that time the world had a population of 1.5b, and 500 million got the disease, that was 1/3 of the population. There was a record of 25 million deaths worse than the First World War itself in 1914.
Mr. President, Social distancing is a major challenge for Gambians as many do not respect the WHO rules. This is caused by ignorance and it should be addressed immediately by educating people through the media because community transmission is causing havoc in Africa and many parts of the world.
It’s only this year that people know that the letter C is bad omen; for example: corona, case, confirm, confine and cemetery. People should take this seriously and know that coronavirus is a deadly contaminating disease.
Mr. President, the amendments made to the public health emergency regulation is very welcoming considering the business community and the effects of not selling their products.
Ramadan is fast approaching, come Friday or Saturday depending on the sighting of the moon, and many people have observed that the time scheduled for the markets would not be favourable for workers especially during the Ramadan period. We are suggesting that markets start from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. so that those working can also go for their shopping.
Mr. President, the security agents should be more vigilant in controlling the porous borders as it was reported last week that motorcyclists were smuggling basic commodities to southern Senegal.
The Gambia is a small country and the continuous spread of the virus will affect the economy and the population of the country.
Mr. President, the Finance minister gave an update on the monies spent since the coronavirus pandemic starting March 17 amounting to 143,000,000 dalasis. This is a very big amount and government should furnish the population with a breakdown of monies received and expenditures for the sake of accountability and transparency.
It will be very important for your government to draw programmes and budgets and prioritise them according importance and needs.
The hospitals and public health centres need upgrading and should be provided with more proper facilities like beds, respiratory/ventilator units, generators, drugs and ambulances, not forgetting motivation for the health workers.
Finally Mr. President, there are still several Gambians stranded in the subregion, Europe, U.S.A. and Asia and government should assist them financially and make plans to repatriate them as soon as possible as some countries have done.
Gambia should work with Senegal to get our nationals back and safe.
Animal husbandry is an integral component in the socio-economic development of any nation. Aside their economic benefit, such as meat, milk, eggs, and other animal products, the sector continues to be and is one of the guaranteed ways of achieving food security.
Mr. President, any nation whose civil service is affected by chronic deficiencies like the one's observed within our own country from 1994 to 2020 calls for a secretary general who would spare no effort for anyone as many of those occupying portfolios leave so much to be desired in service delivery.