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Health Minister cautions Gambians not to be Complacent of COVID- 19

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The Gambia’s Minister of Health has cautioned Gambians not to be complacent about the Coronavirus outbreak in the country saying the number of cases can still rise.

“The country registered 9 cases so far, that is why we keep on emphasizing that we should not be complacent,” Samateh said.

He added: “Many countries started with few cases before having huge cases.”

Samateh, who said COVID-19 is a reality, urged every person to be vigilant and to make sure preventive measures are respected by all.

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“Our health system is weak and we pray we don’t get a hundred thousand infections”, he said, adding “when you talk about hundred thousand infections that is the overall number of infections, but not even all those will be symptomatic”.

He added: “I think the important thing is the strengthening of the health system, trained people and put forward strategies to be able to deal with high number of cases.”

He said 20% of cases are symptomatic and 80% asymptomatic, but even with these, it is a huge number. He said there is a projection which suggests if The Gambia reaches the peak, “we expect three thousand hospitalizations, which is a huge number.”

“We are trying to get thousand hospital beds ready just for emergency, and to increase the number as and when we need them,” he said.

He noted: “We are mobilizing the equipment.”

He added that they are getting prepared and that they are not complacent and having 9 cases will not stop them from strengthening their response.

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