The World Health Organization (WHO) handed over scientific affords to Ministry Health of The Gambia, at Central Medical Stores, Banjul on the 16th March, 2021.
The scientific affords donated on the day entails 20, 000 Viral Transport Mediums (VTMs), 10 000 Antigen-Rapid Diagnostic Tools (Ag-RDTs), Patient Monitors and other an distinguished equipment and affords wished for serious care.
WHO’s Guide, Dr Desta Tiruneh made the official give up of the scientific affords. On the birth alone, WHO handed objects price USD157 000 to MOH. This is in addition as to other objects handed to the authorities since onset of the pandemic in April 2020.
“These affords are correct a puny portion of so much of consignments already handed over to Ministry since April 2020, unofficially as a consequence of the urgent need at the time,” acknowledged Dr Desta Tiruneh.
“All in all, the scientific and laboratory affords and equipment handed over to Ministry of Health to this level is price USD 1million. These items included, laboratory equipment and affords (test kits, reagents and consumable), Deepest Protective Tools (PPE equivalent to gloves, overalls, masks, face shields) and an distinguished medicines and heaps others, meant to pork up COVID-19 response,” added Dr Desta Tiruneh.
Minister of Health, Honourable Dr Amadou Lamin Samateh indicated the lifesaving affords might per chance per chance aid within the prognosis and administration of COVID-19 in The Gambia.
“We are very pleased to receive the test kits on story of we can diagnose cases of COVID-19 sooner and sufferers’ ready time shall be reduced significantly. We also command thank you to WHO for bringing the Oxygen Monitoring equipment, which is animated to tremendously improve serious care” acknowledged Dr Amadou Lamin Samateh.
The Honourable Minister of Health counseled WHO’s for unwavering commitment for the length of COVID-19 pandemic. “We began the COVID-19 response along with WHO. We place in station guidelines which might per chance per chance possibly be per WHO recommendations and that partnership is working well,” acknowledged Dr Amadou Lamin Samateh.
The Director-National Pharmaceutical Products and companies, Mr Babanding Sabbally acknowledged WHO and partners, indicating The Gambia hasn’t bustle out of PPE since the onset of the outbreak.
“I thank WHO for technical and topic fabric pork up to war COVID-19. From the birth up of the COVID-19 pandemic we now comprise got no longer had any stockout of non-public protective equipment (PPE) as a consequence of solid partnerships, which embrace that of the WHO,” acknowledged Mr Babanding Sabbally.
Media people attended the official handover ceremony. Their questions spherical Astra-Zeneca vaccine were also addressed by the Minister. He reaffirmed that the vaccine is safe and effective.
“We skedaddle by global guidelines and WHO is the custodian. The advantages of Astra-Zeneca out-weight the probability, we are in a position to continue with the COVID19 vaccination” acknowledged Dr Amadou Lamin Samateh.
Past the COVID-19 vaccine the general public is entreated to continue practising physical distancing, consistent handwashing with soap or exercise of hand sanitisers and to continually place on facemasks.