By Bruce Asemota
Direct Aid, the Gambia donated sanitary materials to 11 health facilities, 10 border communities, 7 security posts in West Coast Region last Thursday, 21st May 2020 in Tubakuta village, Kombo East District.
The donated items included 100 hand sanitizers, 100 bleaching liquid, 80 buckets, 100 hand wash liquid, 72 dettol and a thousand masks.
Presenting the items, Abdu BakI Toffik, manager of Direct Aid, Tubakuta branch disclosed that the gesture was initiated in conjunction with the Gambia government in the fight against COVID-19 in the country and assured his organization’s continued support to the government.
Lamin FM Conta, Kombo East member of National Assembly thanked Direct Aid for their effort in the fight against the pandemic.
He stressed the need for social distancing and advised people to adhere to the precautionary measures put in place by the government.
Binta Sey Jadama, the regional Disaster Management co-ordinator who spoke on behalf of West Coast Governor, Lamin Sanneh thanked the donors and described the donation as timely.
She stated that Covid-19 is real and deadly and advised people to take hand washing seriously.
Ngally Aboubacarr Sambou, Regional Director of Health Services thanked Direct Aid Tubakuta branch for the humanitarian gesture and stated that Direct Aid’s contribution is a manifestation that they are leading the road to mitigating the threat to health security; personal security; food security; economic security; political security; community and cultural security.
He asserted that the globe -trotting virus doesn’t know the wealthy, nor the peasant farmer, the poor or the social class.
He urged people to be safe by taking precautions; to be smart by staying informed and to be kind by supporting each other.
Sherrifo Sonko, Brikama Area Council chairman expressed gratitude to Direct Aid for their intervention in battling the pandemic and warned people to adhere to precautionary measures put in place by health personnel.
He advised people to put politics aside and fight COVID-19.