By Cherno Omar Bobb
The Secretary General of the Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS), Alasan Senghore has appealed to people to work together for a COVID-19 free Gambia, adding that the pandemic is still prevalent in the country and people needed to work together.
Mr. Senghore was speaking Monday following The Gambia-Malaysia Students Alumni Foundation (GAMSA), a newly formed foundation by current and former Gambian students in Malaysia comprising of people from various works of life, who made a cash donation of D70,000 to the GRCS to strengthen their response capacity in the fight against COVID-19.
He noted that as GRCS was more than prepared and has acquired five new well-equipped additional ambulances in addition to the two they already had to be able to respond in support of the government and the Ministry of Health in particular. He said that they were also expecting two more ambulances in order to have countrywide presence in support of the Gambian people.
Mr. Senghore added that the pandemic had been around for nearly a year now and there is a global fatigue on giving assistance as well as on respecting WHO guidelines. However, he said this is not the time to relent.
He added that the gesture came at a time when resources have become scarce, adding that it is important for Gambians to look at how we can help each other.
Mr. Senghore expressed his office’s commitment to delivering where it is absolutely needed, and to makethe greatest impact as well as be transparent and accountable.
“We will continue to use resources for the most vulnerable”, he said, adding that what is certain for them while they deliver services is the dignity of people they serve. “At GRCS we will deliver the last smile”.
GAMSA also presented D30, 000 worth of basic sanitary materials to The Gambia Prison Services.
Speaking at the ceremony, Yaya Duwa Sanyang, National COVID-19 Response Coordinator warned people that there is still COVID-19 transmission in the country, noting that even though it is at a low rate people should adhere to WHO guidelines. He pointed out that GRCS has been one of the principal partners to government and the COVID-19 response team.
Mr. Sanyang described the GAMSA’s gesture as laudable knowing that the government cannot do it all alone and therefore he thanked them for their endeavor. He expressed his office’s willingness to continue looking for funding to support the Gambia Prison Services “because any civilized society is gagged by the quality of care it bestowed on the most vulnerable people among them”.
Yankuba Mamburay, President of GAMSA said that since the advent of the virus the world had been brought to its knees. He expressed the hope that thegesture would be useful to both beneficiaries and be put into good use.