Aug 18, 2020, 1:40 PM
Maersk Gambia Ltd last Thursday extended magnanimity to the Ministry of Health with the presentation of medical items aimed at tackling the covid-19 pandemic in the country.
Yesterday, the ministry engaged different stakeholders to ensure that when schools are re-opened, safety measures are observed.
The principal reason for the ministry’s reopening of schools is to ensure that transition from one level to the other occurs, said Ousman Senghore, general secretary of UNESCO-NATCOM, Gambia.
Muhammed Jabbi, teacher and a principal said the key problem to some of the schools is water, saying correct statistics must be taken to ensure all schools are provided with adequate water.
He said social distancing will only be productive, viable, and effective when water is available, saying schools must be thoroughly clean because during this COVID-19 period some of them were used as football grounds and for confabs.
He also observed that school vendors must stand 2 meters away from each other as recommended by WHO and Ministry of Health and it is the responsibility of the teachers to make sure children use the safest way of having their food
Speaking on behalf of the ministry of health, Dr. Momodou Njie, head of accessory unit of MoBSE said schools have been fumigated and currently Muslim High, Gambia High, and Farafenni High schools are under fumigation.
He said students will have enough ventilation and will be provided with face masks while teachers will be trained on certain preventive measures, assuring that the health ministry will work tirelessly to provide materials that both parents and students will need.
"In addition, distance learning has been postponed for further notice and the date for the reopening of schools shall be communicated."
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.
Central River Region’s Governor Sheriff Abba Sanyang has encouraged the people of his region whose names did not appear on the government initial covid-19 food relief distribution list to remain calm, assuring them that everyone will get fair share of the package.
Beijing said on Wednesday that the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19 has reached consensus and will help boost efforts in the fight against the pandemic, as well as build trust and friendship and uphold multilateralism.