NDMA warns against unfounded information relating to Covid-19

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By Aisha Tamba

The National Disaster Management Agency, NDMA, has over the weekend warned against what it calls unscrupulous publications of misleading information relating to Covid-19 in the country.

The Agency said this is in contravention to the NDMA Act 2008 which states that a person who, without lawful authority, makes or circulates a false alarm or warning as to a threatening disaster situation or disaster or its severity or magnitude, leading to panic, commits an offence and is liable on conviction, to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand dalasis or imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, or to both the fine and imprisonment.

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“The Agency wishes to encourage Gambians and none-Gambians alike to contact the Ministry of Health if they have concerns/information in relation to the virus, or listen to the media houses tasked to disseminate information about the coronavirus,” it said.