Gambia: Good Morning Mr. President – Cause of Concern Over Covid-19

Mr. President, the155 persons who violated the COVID-19 testing and isolation protocols, and evaded last month are a great concern to the public because it poses great health risk. This mistake of COVID-19 patients escaping quarantine should never be repeated again.

We have noticed that there is an increase in the number of deaths and an increase in positive cases these days, but yet, the majority of people don’t wear masks, don’t use hand sanitiser or respect social distance, which the health authorities and the police should be strict with.

Mr. President, we welcome the move by the government to increase allowances payable to doctors and PHD holders at the central level of the Ministry of Health to be comparable to their colleagues in the hospitals and other government agencies.

This will bring commitment and dedication on the side of the health personnel, which in turn will improve service delivery in the health sector.

Mr. President, your government needs to give attention to the Gambia Ports Authority (GPA), which is of concern recently. GPA should be given subsidy to improve the ferry services or invite foreign investors like Dubai Ports or Bolore to buy shares and develop the two identities because of the tough competition in the subregion that GPA is facing.

Problems like the lack of shore handling equipment, lack of space, including berths for ships resulting in delay in deliveries of urgent commodities is now prominent at the Port. These problems should be addressed soonest.