By Muhammed L Bojang
The Brikama Area Council BAC has on Sunday, embarked on a cleansing exercise to stop the spread of COVID-19 at Brikama and Sanchaba Sulay Jobe Markets in the West Coast Region.
The exercise is part of the measures and regulations set by the government to curb the wild spread of COVID-19 with a weekly sunday closings of all markets for fumigation.
Mr Modou Jonga, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brikama Area Council has told The MAMOS Media that the Brikama Market with Sanchaba Sulay Jobe and others were fumigated last Sunday, and the Council has decided to embark on routine waste collection this week.
“We have fumigated the Brikama Market last sunday, as part of our efforts to reach out the public, we have conducted a series of sensitization were 5 markets were identified and fumigated including the Brikama market. As per regulations, Municipalities and Area Councils are required to fumigate the markets or cleansing exercise were necessary so this is in line with this regulations and Brikama is not fumigated this sunday but a routine waste collections is conducted and also last Sunday Sanchaba Sulay Jobe market was also fumigated but this Sunday it is not but also a similar cleansing exercise so the fumigation should be complemented by the cleansing exercise” said CEO Modou Jonga.
He also went further to highlight the role of stakeholders in this fight against COVID-19 as the Council is running down of human resource capacity.
“We are doing this fumigation and cleansing exercise with our stakeholders in the region, we are working through the Regional covid taskforce and we are making the best use of our team of volunteers provided by the The Gambia Red Cross West Coast Region branch. They are helping us as we have a limited human resources capacity so that we will be in a better position to fumigate these markets in west coast region,” he remarked.
The BAC Chief Officer said the Council has today fumigated a total of 10 markets in the region including Sukuta, Brusubi, Nema Kunku, Brufut, Gunjur, Bullock, Somita, Bwiam, Sibanor and Kanlagi. He added that last week a total of 15 markets were fumigated and they intend to continue in the coming weeks. He urged the general public to adhere to the WHO and MOH guidelines and regulations to help control the spread of the virus.
“We are doing our best to contain the spread of the virus and the efforts of fumigating the markets will be meaningless if people did not observe the health protocols that are set-up by the WHO and the Ministry of Health,” Mr Jonga said.
Meanwhile, the CEO of Brikama Area Council called on the people of the region to wear facemasks and also maintain the social and physical distancing and wash their hands as it would help greatly in controlling and preventing the spread of the virus.