Feb 26, 2021, 11:01 AM
The National Human Rights Commission of the Gambia (NHRC) says it received 77 individual complaints in 2020.
“The Ministry of Health is appreciative of the generous support of the French government and the European Union,” said Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, minister of Health of The Gambia. “With these contributions, we are better positioned to vaccinate and protect as many people as possible.”
These vaccines will significantly increase the country’s COVID-19 vaccine stock and boost vaccination. The vaccines arrived in the country at a critical juncture as the Ministry of Health moves to scale up vaccination through regular campaigns that bring COVID-19 vaccines closer to the people across the country, thereby creating the much needed herd immunity to further protect the country from new variants.
“Solidarity around the sharing of COVID-19 vaccines has become one of the priorities of the French government,” said Jean-Charles Allard, French Head of Mission to The Gambia. “France was the first country to share doses under the COVAX scheme a year ago, and only delivers vaccines approved for its own population.”
“This most recent contribution reconfirms the generosity and solidarity of the French people and government,” said Gordon Jonathan Lewis, UNICEF The Gambia Representative. “It also shows that vaccine multilateralism is a critical strategy to help countries like The Gambia reach the target of fully vaccinating 70% of the population.”
“Team Europe - the EU countries and the EU institutions – act together to fight the pandemic as one of the biggest contributors to the COVAX mechanism,” said Corrado Pampaloni, EU Ambassador to The Gambia. “We thank the Government of France and COVAX implementing partners, UNICEF and WHO”
“The arrival of this batch of vaccines is a great opportunity to boost The Gambia’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage towards achieving the target of 70 per cent vaccination coverage,” said Dr Desta Alamerew Tiruneh, World Health Organisation Representative to The Gambia.
Currently, The Gambia possesses a stock of more than 366,500 vaccines from different manufacturers some of which is stored in the new ultra-cold chain facility that has a capacity of holding up to 1.7 million doses of vaccines at any given moment.
COVID-19 test results come back within 24 hours – or even faster. Hotels have been transformed into quarantine units. Scientists are racing to develop a cutting-edge, low-cost ventilator.
Local entertainers have disclosed that they used music to positively influence followers to get vaccinated against Covid-19, according to those who spoke to The Point.
The managing director of the National Water and Electricity Company Limited (NAWEC), Nani Juwara has stated that The Gambia government through its strategic electricity subsector roadmap is designed to provide universal access to electricity by 2025.