Two top Gambian security chiefs have been exposed to the lady, who was recently tested positive for the Coronavirus, Freedom Newspaper can reveal. The newly hired Army Chief of Defense Staff Major General Yankuba Drammeh was onboard the same flight with the lady. Police Chief Mamout Jobe was also onboard the flight. Both Drammeh and Jobe are on self-quarantine currently.
CDS Drammeh was supposed to meet with President Barrow shortly after his home return, but the scheduled meeting was aborted because of his exposure to the Coronavirus patient. Gambian Health officials were said to have advised Drammeh to be on self-quarantine for 14 days. Drammeh has complied.
CDS Drammeh had exposed himself to his predecessor Masaneh Kinteh and other senior army officers. Kinteh was at GAF Central command to hand over to Drammeh. Kinteh wore gloves while handing over to Drammeh.
There were former CDS at the handing over ceremony. Lang Tombong Tamba was among the former CDS, who attended the ceremony.
An update on Mama Sarr’s Facebook page stated that “Some passengers on the flight have been identified and asked to self-quarantine, all the test on the passengers done thus far are negative but they will still be monitored for 14days. Unfortunately, some on transit left for Senegal but Senegalese authorities have been alerted for contact tracing.”
“The news of The Gambia Experience passengers leaving the quarantine is accurate. Apparently, the hotel they were taken to is run down and conditions not suitable so most left. Authorities are trying to trace them,” she further reported.
The Gambia relies on the London based Medical Research Council to test suspected Coronavirus cases. Hospitals operated by The Gambian government do not have Coronavirus testing machines.