By Adama Tine
Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) in their report earlier submitted to President Adama Barrow have recommended the prosecution of former President Yahya Jammeh and Dr Tamsir Mbowe for intentionally and knowingly causing the death of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) during Jammeh’s self-proclaimed 2007 Presidential Alternative Treatment Programme (PATP).
The Truth Commission recommended that: “Jammeh and Dr Mbowe should face murder charges and be prosecuted for intentionally causing the deaths of HIV/AIDS patients, who were conscripted in the sham PATP and deprived of life-saving treatment.”
The commission recommends another prosecution for ex-President Jammeh and Dr Mbowe for the inhumane and degrading treatment meted out on PLHIVs who took part in the treatment programme.
“Yayha Jammeh should be prosecuted for admitting children into the PATP in violation of the provisions of the Children’s Act 2005 and the Convention on the Rights of a Child,” the TRRC recommends in its final report.
The Commission further recommends that the Medical and Dental Council should revoke Dr. Tamsir Mbowe’s practicing license indefinitely for failing to honor the Medical Code of Conduct and for the role he played in the fake Presidential Alternative Treatment Programme (PATP).
It also recommended a ban on Ansunama Jammeh from holding Government office, saying he should not hold any position in the Government at all levels and in any capacity.
The Truth Commission recommends for a review of the legal framework and policies on HIV to identify and address gaps in relation to the protection of the rights of PLHIVs. It also recommends the establishment of mechanisms to ensure access to comprehensive treatment, care and health services for PLHIVs.
“The regulation of herbal medicinal products should ensure that it meets standard quality, safety and efficiency and its production is governed by the provisions and requirements of the Medicines and Related Products Act 2014,” the Truth Commission recommended.
It went on to recommend that the existing regulations be strengthened on the use of herbal medical products through the effective enforcement of the Medicines and Related Products Act 2014.
“All healthcare workers in The Gambia should be trained on HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination and on the protection.”
Meanwhile, the Truth Commission has also recommended that media practitioners are to uphold the standard for reporting on persons living with HIV/ AIDS, saying there should be penalties, criminal or otherwise, for journalists who disclose the HIV status of a person living with HIV/AIDS to the public without the prior informed consent of people living with HIV/AIDS.