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Dr. Bittaye reacts to treatment allegations of Senegalese covid-19 patients

May 14, 2020, 12:39 PM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

Dr. Mustapha Bittaye, acting director of Health Services at the Ministry of Health has reacted to the allegations made by Senegalese covid-19 patients in the country that they were not receiving good treatment while under quarantine, describing the allegation as false.

Earlier this week, seven Senegalese patients lodged complaint to Senegal’s Emedia correspondent in Banjul, that they are not receiving good treatment in the country and thus appealed to the Senegalese government to facilitate their repatriation.

Dr. Bittaye, who spoke to our reporter on the recent allegations, maintained that he did not receive any complaints of such, indicating that normally most of the people under quarantine; both Gambians and non-Gambians always complain about the treatment or the food of the hotels because they don’t want to be quarantined.

“Generally most of the people under quarantine don’t want to be quarantined and they will always complain about the accommodation, the hotels, TV and the food. I don’t get any information about the treatment of the Senegalese covid-19 patients under quarantine in the country,” he said

He maintained that normally no citizens from other countries should come to the Gambia because there is a border closure, saying they as a ministry are also trying to improve the accommodation of the people under quarantine.   

The Health Ministry, Dr. Bittaye added, is trying everything to strengthen the treatment of covid-19 patients under quarantine, further assuring that all of their patients both Gambians and non-Gambians will continue to receive good treatment in their respective accommodated places.

Meanwhile, The Gambia has registered 23 cases of covid-19, with one death and currently there are 12 active cases of coronavirus.

Elsewhere in Senegal, the Ministry of Health in Senegal yesterday reported 110 positive cases of covid-19, bringing the total to 2105 cases; 21 deaths, and 1301 under treatment.

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