Jun 8, 2020, 12:03 PM
Maerskline Gambia last Friday donated 200 bags of 25kg rice to Banjul City Council (BCC) in its fight against coronavirus disease.
The group says this is the first badge of the locally produced face masks by them as they intend to produce more for The Gambia Red Cross Society to distribute them amongst Gambians.
Alasan Senghore, National Coordinator of Covid-19 response, thanked the ABM Covid Gambia group for the gesture, saying that the donated face masks would go a long way toward enhancing to the fight and prevention of coronavirus in the country.
“This presentation is very important and timely as the country is continuing its fight against the covid-19 pandemic. This kind of efforts and contribution is very welcoming from groups and organisations both within and outside the country,” he said.
Mr. Senghore called other associations and organisations to emulate the group which, he said is contributing immensely in the country’s fight against coronavirus.
Bintou Camara, ABM Covid Gambia team member said that this is part of their contribution towards the fight against the covid-19 pandemic in the country.
“We want to contribute our quota in the fight against covid-19 in the country by producing face masks to the country through the Gambia Red Cross Society. We will be producing it for ourselves locally for Gambian,” she said
According to her, they have been engaging in lot of activities since the outbreak of covid-19 in the country, adding that this presentation is the first batch and that they would continue to donate to Red Cross for further distribution to Gambians.
Madam Camara further noted that their group is not having any funding from anywhere as everything they do and are doing is fully funded by themselves.
Abdoulie Faye, programme manager, Gambia Red Cross Society, also thanked the ABM Covid Gambia group for what he described as “a very important donation for Gambians.”
He added that the face masks presented will be distributed amongst Gambians, adding that there are criteria which they would use to be presenting such gestures from ABM covid group.
Women, Children and Social Welfare minister Fatou Kinteh says the government of The Gambia has developed a comprehensive national child protection strategy with plan of action that seeks to address the protection of children’s matters in the country.
As campaign mounts on the high debt scene on African states, the International Monetary Fund has this week approved immediate debt service relief for The Gambia, among eighteen (18) other African countries. While the measures announced offer breathing space for an initial period of six months, it forms wide-enough a gap allowing financial resources to be channelled towards other pressing sectors.