As the Coronavirus pandemic persists, frontline health workers have been gratified by the payment of honorarium initiated by Gambia gov’t in response to a long-standing demand.
“An amount of 100 million Dalasi has been put aside for this activity,” Information Minister Ebrima Sillah told reporters during a press conference held last Friday at the GRTS building, located along MDI road, Kanifing.
Last week, eight heslth workers were reportedly exposed to COVID-19, prompting the Ministry of Health to come out and reassure Gambians that most of them are secondary cases who had contact with patients tested positive.
Sillah said the beneficiaries have been split into four groups based on the level of their exposure (low risk, moderate risk, high risk and high risk plus). He then added: “The payment of the COVID 19 honorarium to frontline health workers is part of government’s decision to supplement the good efforts that healthcare personnel are doing in this critical period.”
In another development, Gambia’s Minister of Health who also took part in the Friday’s presser announced the importation of medical equipment that would help the country mitigate the impact of COVID-19 crisis.
Dr. Amadou Lamin Samateh said more medical equipment are being procured from Turkey, including a lot of life saving equipment, and ten (10) state-of-the-art ambulances.
He said the Coronavirus related efforts have been made possible by the COVID-19 Funds, and went further to indicate that the medical equipment will be distributed across the length and breadth of the country with the view to strengthening all the health facilities.
Dr. Samateh also said renovation efforts are being undertaken in a good number of health facilities.
To many observers, the move taken by Gambia gov’t will allow health facilities to meet the rising demand of a growing population confronted with diseases that continue to pose a threat to human life…
Written by Abdoulie John
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