Apr 24, 2020, 12:31 PM
Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Right Violations, on Thursday donated 250 bags of rice to the needy victims at a presentation ceremony held at its office in Kotu.
The concert was also meant to entertain and educate the public on the pandemic, ensure people stay at home as well as adhere to preventive measures put in place by WHO and the Ministry of Health. It featured rising talents the likes of Humanity Stars, Barhama and Bright Stars among others.
The virtual concert sponsored by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). With a total of 3,876 positive cases since the confirmation of the first case of the disease, The Gambia’s fatality stands at 125 deaths and a current 72 active cases.
Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, minister of health said it has been eleven very difficult health months for The Gambia and world at large.
The socio-economic activities of the country, he added, have also been affected.
Minister Samateh hailed frontline health workers, volunteers and those who supported their collective efforts in ensuring that the chain of transmission is broken and affected people given treatment they deserve.
He stated that Covid-19 is still on with an increasing number of positive cases in The Gambia and a surge in some countries.
He therefore urged people to adhere to WHO and Ministry of Health guidelines so that covid-19 can be eradicated and for people to go back to their normal lives.
“As a country we are working with partners to ensure The Gambia is part of the covered facility to get the covid-19 vaccine. I thus call on people to continue social distancing, wear facemask and hand washing. Wearing of facemasks is still mandatory and government will strictly enforce its wearing in the country without compromise.” he stated.
He added; “As a government we cannot thank The Gambia Red Cross Society enough for the commitment, passion, availability and resources they committed towards the fight against the pandemic”
Alasan Senghore, secretary general GRCS said people no longer respect WHO and Ministry of Health’s guidelines, adding that to limit transmission and eliminate the pandemic in the country, people must adhere to the guidelines.
“We are a small country with a small population that live in families. The transmission of corona can cause havoc in a Gambian context.”
Mr. Senghore maintained that the covid-19 still exists and therefore people need to take responsibilities as individuals, communities and as a nation.
Senghore expressed his institution’s resolve to compliment government’s efforts in the containment of the second wave of the corona virus pandemic in the country.
Jatto Sillah, president GRCS urged Gambians to continue observing the preventive measures put in place by WHO and the ministry of health.
He thanked GRCS management and volunteers and all those who supported them throughout the pandemic and government for their support and right atmosphere given to them.
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called for investigations into acts of brutalities against journalists covering the COVID-19 and other violations against media professionals in relation to their publications on the pandemic in West Africa to ensure that justice is served.
Natives Essau living in the Diaspora in collaboration with Essau Village Development Committee, Sunday handed over 114 bags of 25kg rice to vulnerable families in the community.