By Muhammed L Bojang
The Brikama Area Council BAC after its initial launching of facemask initiative, has on Friday distributed another 3, 000 facemasks within 9 wards in the West Coast Region.
The following communities benefited from this week’s distribution, Lamin, Gunjur, Nema Kunku, Sukuta, Old Yundum, Sanchaba Sulay Jobe, Sibanor, Bwiam and Somita Wards respectively.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of Brikama Area Council, Mr Sheriffo Sonko said over 3, 000 facemasks is distributed within nine wards, adding that another 3, 000 facemasks would be distributed next week.
“We think this is so important for our people that is why BAC is supporting the Covid-19 regulations with the little resources we have to fight against this deadly disease,” said Sheriffo Sonko, Chairman of Brikama Area Council.
He added: “A few weeks ago, we launched this facemask initiative at the Brikama Market and we don’t want to stop there but hope to continue with small and major markets within West Coast Region. Today is a continuation of another distribution of facemasks to other markets and hopefully, we believe within a short time all the markets will be supplied with the necessary facemasks adequately.”
Chairman Sonko said the Council could not have done it without partnership with institutions like UNDP, Turkish agency Tika through Turkish Embassy.
“As a council, we are ordering a lot of facemasks and we will not stop at the markets but may even go from door-to-door to make sure that every individual within West Coast Region has a facemask, especially those within the public domains,” Chairman Sonko said.
Honourable Abdoulie Camara, the Councillor of Bijilo Ward who speaks on behalf of the beneficiaries commended the initiative taken by the Council.
“People are buying facemasks for themselves but if we have it from our institutions is also important. This facemasks will go a long way in curtailing the spread of the virus and it will be very vital in supporting the communities within my area,” Councillor Camara said.
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of Brikama Area Council, Lamin Singhateh also said the Council believes it has a greater responsibility on its shoulder to give back to the taxpayers.
“This is a special situation or circumstances which need swift reactions to help mitigate the plight of the population. This Covid-19 is very worrying that keeps our development at a standstill and it will be difficult for the council to attain some of its development agendas without a healthy and wealthy population. We have to make sure that our public or taxpayers are protected from this pandemic and we are doing this to control the local transmission and our target is to cover the entire West Coast Region with the support from our various stakeholders,” said PRO Lamin Singhateh.