The Ministry of Health threatened to publish identities of Coronavirus patients who escaped quarantine, and currently interacting with the public, thereby posing them ‘serious health risk’, if they fail to self-report to health authorities.
“The Ministry continues to treat these matters with utmost and grave concern. And thus, the Ministry is hereby giving an order and ultimatum to all those concerned, that they are required to report themselves to the health authorities with immediate effect,and failure of which will lead to serious consequences, including the publication of names and identifying information of all those at large.
“The Ministry would like to stress that this serious and ruthless misconduct will no longer be condoned under any circumstances. Anyone found not willing to cooperate with COVID-19 regulations will have their names and identifying information published on the media and thereafter, drastic measures will be taken against anyone that is non-compliant,” Health Ministry stated in its latest release.
This move came on the heels of the ministry’s knowledge that 40 of the 155 active case of the latest Covid-19 situation report are currently at large and interacting with the public, whichposes serious health risk to those they interact with, the dispatch added.
It continued that the ministry is also aware that a large number of travellers from hotspot countries have either refused to abide by the official protocols, or report to the health authorities for the mandatory test upon arrival in The Gambia. As such, those travellers too, are urged to should self-report to the authorities concerned, or face the same consequences.
The Gambia announced its first Covid-19 case in March 2020. Since, the small West African nation with little over 2 million people now recorded a total of over 4, 000 confirmed cases; 155 active cases; 128 death and 3, 722 recovered, according to the 254th national Coronavirus situation report published on the 25th January .