In wake of the third wave of Coronavirus, Gambia’s Minister of Health, Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, announced Thursday that government is set to ramp up efforts to fight off the pandemic.
“The Ministry of Health is embarking on a nationwide risk communication and community engagements,” Dr. Samateh told journalists during a presser held at the Ministry’s conference hall in Banjul.
The COVID-19 Delta variant is sweeping across Africa, including Gambia. In its latest situational report, the Ministry of Health deplored that there is still a “considerable amount of time elapsed between date of reporting and the date of laboratory confirmation of some cases.”
As misinformation is hampering gov’t efforts to contain the spread of the virus, Dr. Samateh said that their campaign is also geared towards “tracking of rumours” with a view to ending vaccine hesitancy.
Additionally, he further stated that the Ministry will join hands with community and religious leaders to “curb the spread of the virus at the community level.”
Since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak in March 2020, the Minister of Health said up to 7,706 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the country as 6,609 have recovered from the deadly disease.
“At this stage, more consistent, more collaboration with partners involved in public health, humanitarian and development responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, is needed,” he remarked.
Meanwhile, Gambia’s vaccination push will be boosted by another consignment of Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Sources close to the Ministry of Health have indicated that the new consignment is due to arrive next Sunday, and constitutes a donation made by US government through the COVAX facility.
Written by Abdoulie John
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