By Aisha Tamba
The National Environment Agency (NEA) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) donated fumigation materials to Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) to support activities of KMC on fumigating markets, car parks, Bakoteh dumpsite and health facilities to fight against the Covid-19.
Other assorted materials were also handed over to the KMC officials including sanitary items.
The ceremony was held last week at the NEA building, Kanifing with the precision of the social distancing measures strictly observed.
The items donated were cocamidopropyl disinfect, face masks, gloves, protective gowns, Google specs, Indus ellington boots, motorize pumping machine, fog machines, peak milk, soap, dettol liquid, handwash stations, bleach and Omo.
Executive Director, NEA Dodou Trawally explained that the donation is in line with the NEA project ”building The Gambia’s capacities and resilience to climate change-related disasters, natural resources management, environmental protection and enhanced livelihoods, ” implemented by the ministry of environment, climate change and natural resources, with funding from UNDP.
UNDP Resident Representative Aissata De, said COVID-19 is a challenge that needs to be addressed together. ”The fact that it affects all sectors such as the environment and the livelihood of the people. The closer we can get to the communities which are more vulnerable the greater the peak.”
She added that materials donated will also serve against malaria hence we are in the rainy season.
The KMC duty CEO, Kajali Janneh, assured the donors that the materials will be put into good use.
He called on further collaborations to strengthen cordial relationships between all institutions in The Gambia. ”Covid-19 is a global issue. All hands should be on deck to fight it. Though there were indications that it will short-live, but as things are going, I think we will still be with Covid-19 for a while, ” he said.