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Prospective Travellers Urged To Do COVID-19 Test As ‘Koriteh’ Approaches

Dr. Samateh
Minister of Health


By: Landing Ceesay

The Ministry of Health has urged intending travellers and volunteers who want COVID-19 test to report as ‘Koriteh’ edges closer.

“As Muslims in The Gambia and in many other countries celebrate or observe the Eid Fitr commonly known as Koriteh on or around Wednesday the 12th day of May 2021, the Ministry of Health hereby informs all intending travellers and volunteers who want to be tested for COVID-19 continue to report at the sample collection site at the Independence Station in Bakau,” the ministry said in a dispatch today.

The ministry further urged citizens and non-citizens residing in the country to follow the recommended precautionary measures for the prevention and control of COVID-19. Such precautionary measures include the wearing of a face mask preferably made up of fabric, regular hand washing with soap and running water or use of hand sanitizer, etc.

“The Ministry further appeals to the general public to visit health facilities to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Those that have their first dose of vaccine and are due for the second are particularly encouraged to get the second jab. The public is also encouraged to call the Ministry of Health Toll-Free Number 1025 for information regarding COVID-19. The Ministry of Health wishes all a successful and safe Eid celebration,” the statement continued.

It informed that the reduction of reported cases in the past seven days does not suggest that the coronavirus has disappeared in this country; it therefore considered it vital for people to remain committed and maintain the efforts in the fight against the pandemic. 

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