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Momodou Posted - 17 Mar 2020 : 22:24:24
Courtesy of The Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health hereby inform the public that Gambia has registered its first case of COVID-19 this evening. The case is a Gambian female from UK. Ministry of Health is doing all it can to prevent further spread of the virus.

To prevent yourself and your family, always wash your hands with soap, do NOT touch your face, do NOT shake hands, keep away from public gatherings. For more info call 1025 help line.
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toubab1020 Posted - 07 Jul 2020 : 16:11:16

My condolences to the family and friends of the Senior Nurse who died on 4th July
May he rest in perfect peace.
Momodou Posted - 07 Jul 2020 : 15:47:25

Standard: July 7, 2020

The Gambia has registered its first documented Covid-19 case among healthcare workers after a senior nurse contracted the virus.
The nurse, who worked at the country’s main referral, EFSTH, passed away.

It is the country’s third documented Covid-19 death since the first case was registered in March. According to the health ministry, the senior nurse, 50, in addition to having had an underlying health condition, was a known diabetic and had also severe pneumonia-like symptoms. A sample was only collected from him after his demise on the 4th of July and a positive test result returned on 5th July.

Meanwhile, three other cases were confirmed which took the country’s total to 61. Two of them are Belgian couple, both 64, who arrived on SN Brussels flight in late June. The other one is a UN staff of Gambian nationality, 45, who arrived on a WFP-chartered flight from Liberia.

The country currently has 341 people in quarantine; 31 active and 8 probable cases.
The ministry said one of the challenges now is occurrence of COVID-19 among healthcare workers, while mentioning low staff morale due to the lack of incentives and the non-payment of allowances, frequent power outages in the PHEOC due to the reliance on NAWEC, as other stumbling
Momodou Posted - 03 Jul 2020 : 14:53:34
Standard: July 3, 2020

Two out of the 6 new Covid-19 cases registered yesterday are Senegalese members of the Ecomig contingent.
The two soldiers, ages 47 and 46 respectively, entered The Gambia having returned from Senegal.

Both soldiers entered the country on 29th June through Amdalai Border Post.
According to the health ministry, among the six cases is a Senegalese, 49, who entered the country through Wassu. He was taken into quarantine on 29th June and tested positive two days later.

The remaining three are Gambians, ages 33, 27, 40, respectively, all retuned from Senegal. The 40-year-old sought medical attention at a hospital after his arrival and he was taken into quarantine. The other two arrived on 18th June and were taken into quarantine. Both were asymptomatic.

It is the country’s highest record of cases in a single day. The Gambia has now recorded 55 cases, with 26 active cases.
Momodou Posted - 21 Jun 2020 : 19:02:25
This is the 82nd national situation report since the confirmation of the first case of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in The Gambia, on the 17th March 2020
• 1 new laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 registered, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases ever confirmed in the country to 37
• The new case is the second documented COVID-19 related death since the first case was reported in the country
o In addition to his advanced age, he also had an underlying health condition – a known diabetic
• All but one of the 129 new laboratory test results received returned negative
• While 22 persons were newly taken into quarantine, 4 new people were
discharged after testing negative for COVID-19 upon completion of the mandatory quarantine period
o The newly quarantined were picked from different locations after it was learnt that
they have a recent travel history to a country with ongoing community transmission
• The country currently has 250 persons under quarantine; 12 active cases and 2
probable cases

rassimian Posted - 10 Jun 2020 : 10:56:27
The Gambian Ministry of Health data base up to 8th June shows 5 active cases ,all currently in hospital. Cross border entries seem to be the major source of covid 19 cases.
Momodou Posted - 09 Jun 2020 : 12:35:27
2 new Covid-19 cases registered

Standard: June 9, 2020

The Gambia has registered two new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total number of cases of the country to 28.
The two cases emerged barely five days since The Gambia government eased restrictions on public gatherings.

Briefing the media yesterday on the 71st national situational report on Covid-19, health minister Ahmadou Samateh said the two new cases were in quarantine for having recent travel history to locations with ongoing community transmission. One of the cases is a 20-year-old Gambian recently returned from Guinea Bissau while the other is a 38-year-old who returned from Dakar, Senegal.

Minister Samateh also revealed that 24 individuals who were intercepted from difference border posts while attempting to enter the country from locations where local transmission is ongoing have been taken into quarantine.
The country currently has 125 persons in quarantine and 6 active cases.
Momodou Posted - 03 Jun 2020 : 13:24:20

The Standard: June 3, 2020

The Gambia yesterday registered a new Coronavirus case, making the total number of cases to 26.

According to the health ministry, the new confirmed case is a 43-year-old Gambian soldier who has been in quarantine recently after returning from a trip to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Senegal. Four of his colleagues tested negative.

The unnamed soldier was initially tested positive for the virus in Sierra Leone.
There is also one probable case, an 11-year-old who recently returned to the country from the US.

The ministry also revealed that 7 new persons have been taken into quarantine for returning from countries with ongoing community transmissions.
The Gambia currently has 121 persons under quarantine, with 4 active cases and 21 recoveries.

toubab1020 Posted - 04 May 2020 : 15:37:27


Monday, May 4, 2020 Author: Pa Modou Cham

The acting director of Health Services Dr. Mustapha Bittaye on Saturday in a press briefing confirmed that the country has registered five new cases of covid-19, making a total of 17.

He stated that Saturday’s conformation was one of the highest number of confirmed cases in a single day. He added that among the cases, one was reported from Central River Region (CRR), which is the first confirmed case from that region. He said one is linked with the case number 12 and three were close contacts of the 11th case.

“All the confirmed cases were quarantined and now moved to the treatment center. Only one of the confirmed cases is symptomatic and out of the 28 test samples received, five were positive for covid-19, two were probable cases and 21 were negative. The two probable cases will be resampled and tested in two to three days to conclusively determine their status.”

He continued that both probable cases are also linked to the 12th case, adding that no new person was taken into quarantine; two were discharged after testing negative for covid-19 upon completion of their quarantine period.

“One hundred and one (101) low risk contacts have been regularly followed up to ascertain manifestation of signs and symptoms of covid-19.”

Dr. Bittaye stated that the country currently has 72 people under quarantine, seven active cases and two probable cases.

“A total of 555 tests were conducted and 17 are positive. Three-hundred and sixteen (316) completed quarantine, 690 contacts traced and 310 completed follow up.”

With the five new cases, four are male and one female. Among the male cases, one is a Senegalese of 35 years, while the rest are 22 year-old female Gambian, 7 year-old boy, 31 year-old man and 21 year-old man. He divulged.
toubab1020 Posted - 04 May 2020 : 15:32:46


Author: Arfang M.S.a Camara

Bakau embarks on mass testing amid covid-19 cases

Monday, May 4, 2020

After the confirmation of few newly reported cases of covid-19 in Bakau, the Ministry of Health on Sunday embarked on a massive collection of samples from residents of Bakau – designed to stem the spread of the virus.

The mass sample collection exercise was held at both Bakau Community Center and Bakau Lower and Upper Basic School. It is expected to end today.

“We are doing this exercise in the community of Bakau to help their inhabitants to know their status about the virus. We are urging all the people of Bakau especially those around Cape Point where some of the new confirmed cases emanated from to come out and be tested so as to know their status,” Buba Darboe, programme officer Health Communication told The Point.

He added that it is also very important for one to know his/her status earlier to ascertain whether they have been infected with the virus or not for self and family protection.

“If a patient knows his/her covid-19 status earlier, it helps him/her and government as well. This is important as it helps the community of Bakau and the country at large to minimise the danger surrounding covid-19.”

“Some victims of the confirmed cases of covid-19 have never experience the signs and symptoms of the coronavirus. One might have the disease without experiencing some of the signs and symptoms.”

Buba, who also doubles as the vice chair, Community Risk Engagement Committee of Ministry of Health urged the community of Bakau to come out and get tested so as to help the Gambia in its quest of fighting coronavirus.

For his part, Sherriff Gomez, former minister of Youth and Sports, said that that was a very important exercise for not only Bakau but the entire country.

“This exercise is very important for the community because there is a discovery around the people of Bakau. We are in a state of emergency and there should be an enforcement of total lockdown from government so as to conduct a mandatory testing exercise.”

He added that it is very important for one to get tested so as to help them as a people and the country at large to know their status about covid-19, adding that people need to get tested so as to get help, get isolated and treated.

Modou Lamin Sidibeh, a native of Bakau who came for voluntary testing observed that the turnout was a bit low. He opined that this may be lack of enough communication within the community.

“There should be a proper communication so that people can know what is happening in their community. Coronavirus is real and deadly as it claimed so much many lives including in The Gambia.”

He called on the government to continue with such exercises as it could play an important role in the fight against coronavirus in the country.
toubab1020 Posted - 04 May 2020 : 15:27:26


Monday, May 4, 2020 Author: Arfang M.S. Camara

After the confirmation of five new cases of coronavirus (covid-19) in The Gambia, Health Ministry is urging the general public not to be complacent with the issue of covid-19. The ministry added that the country has now 7 active cases and two probable cases.

Dr. Mustapha Bittaye, acting director of Health Services at the Ministry of Health in a Saturday press briefing reechoed that covid-19 is real and that people should strictly adhere to the WHO and the Ministry of Health recommendations and guidelines on covid-19 by avoiding public gatherings and practicing social distancing.

Dr. Bittaye revealed that the five new positive cases is the highest number of cases confirmed in a single day.

He added that for the newly confirmed cases, one case was reported from Central River Region (CRR) making it the first confirmed case from that region, while one is linked to the 12th case and three were close contacts of the 11th case.

He noted that all confirmed cases have been in quarantine and are now moved to the treatment center, adding that only one of the confirmed cases is symptomatic.

“Specifically, we would like to remind ‘Koriteh’ sales persons (“wanterr”), shop keepers, salons, barber shops, tailors and general merchant dealers that the state of public emergency regulations on their business operations remain valid and will be enforced by the local government authorities and security personnel.”

Meanwhile, Senegal has 1,182 positive cases of covid-19; 372 recoveries, 9 deaths and 800 under treatment.

Globally from 31st December 2019 to 1st May 2020, a total of 3,400,323 cases of covid-19 (in accordance with the applied case definitions in the affected countries) have been reported. Of these, 239, 570 deaths were registered and 1,081,162 have recovered from the disease.

Momodou Posted - 02 May 2020 : 22:53:39
#COVID19 diagnostics report summary - 2nd May 2020

- 28 new samples tested
- 5 tested positive
- 21 tested negative
- 2 probable cases, to be retested

The #Gambia has now recorded a total of 17 confirmed cases.

Ministry of Health The Gambia

More reports:
Momodou Posted - 20 Apr 2020 : 21:47:09
Gambia registers 1 new case of covid-19

The Point: Monday, April 20, 2020

The Ministry of Health yesterday confirmed one new positive case of covid-19, bringing the total number to 10.

Out of the 10 positive cases of covid-19, The Gambia has recorded only one death, a Bangladeshi, who was tested positive of the virus after his demise.

Two people have so far recovered out of the total number of confirmed cases.

The 26 years old female, who has just been tested positive for the virus is residing in Banjul and had just returned from United Arab Emirates on 20 March and is currently under treatment. She was a probable case and was tested twice before finally tested positive for the virus.

On Sunday, Dr. Bittaye confirmed that 95 persons were under quarantine, 56 completed quarantine and two released.

At least 310 completed follow-up and two were traced.

During Saturday’s update on covid-19, Dr. Muhammed Lamin Bittaye of the Ministry of Health has disclosed that 23 laboratory samples have been collected for processing with four additional persons taken for quarantine. All of them are Senegalese who managed to sneak into the country.

“Globally, since 31 December, 2019 to 17 April 2020, a total of over two million, two hundred and forty-eight thousand, thirty-seven (2, 248, 37) cases of covid-19 have been reported. There have been over 154, 126 (one hundred and fifty-four thousand, one hundred and twenty-six) deaths with over 570, 791 recovered cases,” he said on Saturday.

He added that there have been ongoing daily coordination meetings at both strategic and technical levels to coordinate and implement their strategies for the response to covid-19.

“The ministry will deploy newly hired health personnel to their duty station. Follow-ups and provision of continued psychosocial support to affected communities and persons under quarantine and treatment and those who have just been discharged from quarantine and treatment centers.”

Dr. Bittaye added that, they will continue testing all the people in quarantine before discharging them and also strengthen community surveillance, risk communication and community engagements in all regions with undesignated border areas especially in some villages in URR which borders Senegal.

“We will continue with daily follow-ups of low risk contacts and those discharged from quarantine, encourage public and self-reporting of suspected cases through the 1025 hotline.”

Clarifying the rumour about condoms circulating on social media, Dr. Bittaye noted that they will want to assure the general public that the national covid-19 plan is comprehensive and does not include the materials that will be bought by government but also those to be given by other partners.

“There is no actual procurement of condoms by the Ministry of Health. The procurement is based on the most urgent needs which do not include condoms at present.”

Meanwhile, Senegalese Ministry of Health yesterday announced the registration of 17 positive cases, which brings the total number to 367 positive cases. At least 220 have recovered from the virus, with 143 under treatment.

The Senegalese authorities are expected to review time of curfew. It was first observed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., but now it could be observed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Momodou Posted - 11 Apr 2020 : 22:52:54
Breaking: Gambia Registers Five New Coronavirus Cases – As It’s Revealed FOUR Out Of The Five Are Young People Between The Ages Of 20 And 28

The Fatu Network: April 11, 2020

By Lamin Njie

The Minister of Health Dr Ahmadou Lamin Samateh confirmed on Saturday the country’s active coronavirus cases have risen to six after the country recorded five new cases.

“A total of 76 new laboratory test results have been received recently, five were positive, one inconclusive and 70 were negative,” Dr Samateh told reporters in Banjul Saturday less than an hour ago.

“Two of the confirmed cases were in quarantine and later on home isolation on account of recent travel from the United Arab Emirates.

“One other confirmed case was in quarantine and also later on home isolation on account of recent travel from United Kingdom

“The remaining two confirmed cases are still in quarantine for being close contacts with the fourth confirmed case,” Dr Samateh added.

The country’s COVID-19 cases now stands at nine but it has emerged all four of the five new cases are all below the age of 30. Two of the victims are both aged 20 while the other two both aged 28.
Momodou Posted - 29 Mar 2020 : 21:22:22
#Gambia #COVID19 update

Sunday 29th March 2020

Ministry of Health hereby inform the public that Gambia registered one new laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19.

A 53-year old Gambian who arrived in The Gambia from France on the 15th March (was in the same flight with the first case) • Flight No. AT 579, Royal Air Maroc with 58 people onboard (including the crew)

To prevent yourself and your family, always wash your hands with soap, do NOT touch your face, do NOT shake hands, keep away from public gatherings, observe social distancing.

For more info call 1025 help line.
Momodou Posted - 26 Mar 2020 : 14:55:12
Pandemonium hits Bundung amid 1st covid-19 death

The Point: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Inhabitants of Bundung especially those around Markass Center are in a state of panic, after the death of a 70-year-old Bangladeshi, who was earlier tested positive of coronavirus before his death on Saturday.

The Bangladeshi, who came to preach in the country; was residing at the Bundung Markass Center. After his demise, people living around the Bundung Markass are left in totally fear as some locked families, while others vacate the area for other places.

The Point recently went out and about to assess and talk to people about normal life, after it emerged in the news the 70-year-old Bangladeshi, who was residing at Bundung Markass, had been tested positive of covid-19 leading to his demise.

“We don’t even believe ourselves anymore as people living around Bundung Markass. Some of us might not even know if we are contracted with the virus because they said that the symptoms start from 2-14 days,” said Abdou Colley, a resident of Bundung Markass.

Colley explained that some of the people around the area have left the place due to the fear that someone might contract the disease unknowingly.

Adama Sidibeh is another resident of Bundung Markass Center. For him, they are totally in a state of fear and panic, noting that they don’t know who are infected with the virus now.

“Most of the people around this vicinity do not know who is who anymore. Because we don’t know the people who might be infected and might not be infected with the virus,” he said.

“Two of my people left their houses to another place due to the fear they are facing right now,” he said.

Jainaba Jawara also shared similar experience, noting that she doesn’t trust herself anymore much more another person following the news of the demise of the Bangladeshi.

Jawara explained that what some of them want to do now is to go to the hospital for self quarantine.

“I advise myself and some of my friends to go to the hospital for checkup, because we all don’t trust anyone now due to what had happened around our area,” she said.

Lamin Jabbi, another resident of Bundung Markass, noted that some of them are just putting their fate in God and nothing else.

“We are all currently confused, fear and panic after the news of the death of the Bangladeshi. Some of us are just having fate in God and we hope that such disease will not claim many lives in the country,” he said.

Meanwhile, the 70-year-old Bangladeshi arrived in The Gambia by A’ Sky Airline, with three other people on 14 March, 2020. He departed Bangladesh on 4 March and passed through Thailand, Ethiopia and Malawi, where they attended a religious confab.

He then flew back to Ethiopia on 10 March, Mali and Senegal on 11 March where he spent three days on transit at Senegal’s airport before arriving in The Gambia on the 14 March 2020.

Ministry of Health’s reactions

The Ministry of Health intends to fumigate and lockdown Bundung Markass Center, as Gambia’s second case of Covid-19 was identified from the said premises.

According to Modou Njai, director of Health Promotion and Education, three nurses, a doctor and orderly from Bundung Maternal and Child Health Hospital who met the patient (the Bangladeshi man) are on quarantine, adding that samples would be collected from all high risk contacts.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara

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