By Nelson Manneh
Gambian Health Authorities are engaging the Board of Armitage Senior Secondary School as well as the Governor of CRR for the school to be used as a quarantine centre for COVID-19.
“The Governor of Central River Region (CRR) and the Board of Armitage Senior Secondary School are being engaged for the school to be used as a quarantine centre in the region,” said Dr Bittaye the Director of Health Services at the Ministry of Health.
Dr Bittaye said the Central River Region (CRR) COVID-19 taskforce impounded twenty-five motorcycles on social distancing crusade in Bansang and Brikama-ba adding ‘nine other people were arrested for failure to adhere to the stipulated operations for non-essential businesses.’
“Several Security engagements were conducted across the country to ensure that the public practice social distancing and that there is no congregational prayer conducted as stipulated in the State of Public Emergency Regulations,” he said.
He said Fajikunda Bajunkoto Imam was invited for questioning at the Bundung Police Station for leading Friday prayers, adding he will be charged and prosecuted accordingly.
“Banjul PIU Officers embarked on proactive patrol to enforce social distancing and to prevent any congregational prayers in the city. They also patrolled the streets in Banjul to make sure no musical show or public gathering is observed during the feast,” he said.
Dr. Bittaye said in the Kanifing Municipality, PIU personnel embarked on proactive patrols within the municipality to enforce social distancing and engaged the public to adhere to the rules.
Regarding the next steps that the Ministry of Health will embark on, Dr Bittaye said they will expedite the process of getting a suitable quarantine facility in CRR and strengthen surveillance at all points of entry.
“Kartong Border Post and others to be supplied with motorbikes to ease mobility and also strengthen RRT and contact tracing teams in all regions,” he said.