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COVID-19: Sifoe meets security units to ensure tight patrol at border

Aug 7, 2020, 1:06 PM | Article By: Yusupha Jobe

Village Development Committee VDC in the Kombo South settlement of Sifoe Wednesday yesterday met with various security units stationed at the community’s Police Station in a bid to discuss ways to ensure tight security at the border crossing point of ‘Allahil Bolong’ in the Senegalese province of Cassamance.

This comes as some people attempt to find their way to either side of the border, something that raises alarm as to the security of border communities, amid recent spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.

Other border routes frequented by people in the area include, Dobondirr, Makuda, Mamuda and Katak, which are all busy routes to cross to Senegal.

Lamin Demba, chairperson of the Village Development Committee in an interview with The Point, explained that the move was in response to recent concern raised by the Alkalo of the village with regards to security of the community, amid the spike in the number of coronavirus reported cases in The Gambia.

 COVID-19 concerns received from the village Alkalo to provide necessary protection.

“This concern has prompted my committee to meet with various security units at the village to a find ways and means to ensure tight security at Allahil Bolong and other border crossing points”.

This, he believes, would help greatly in stemming the flow of imported cases into the country.

“Our meeting with various security units in the community has yielded a positive result as security officers have agreed to send in their men to provide security at the border crossing point during day time. This I believed will reduce the risk of importing more Covid-19 cases in the country. These crossing points are routes that many people use daily to cross into the Gambia and vice-versa. I could recall during the first reported case of the virus in the country where borders were ordered to close, the VDC was able to stop and report four persons at the said border, who illegally attempted to enter from Senegal, to health personnel for quarantine,” he said.

This, he said are some of the challenges that they are daily faced with amid the recent surge in new cases in the country.

He said as at now the health post received patients from Brikama, Gunjur, Berending, Kitty and Kartong adding that this excludes other patients from neighboring Cassamance.

 “This clearly tells how unsecured we are as a community due to the number of patients the health center receives from the neighboring villages in Cassamance,” he stated.

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