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Turkish gov’t beefs up Gambia’s Ebola preparedness plan

The government of Turkey through their Embassy in Banjul has started delivering urgent medical materials and equipments to The Gambia for the latter’s preparedness in case of any eventual outbreak of the deadly ongoing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), a press release from Turkey Embassy stated.

Within this context, the first dispatch was handed over by the Turkish Ambassador in Banjul Ergin Soner to the Minister of Health and Social Welfare of The Gambia Dr Omar Sey at a ceremony held at the Banjul International Airport Customs Department on September 10.

On this occasion, Minister Sey in his speech said Turkey has once again demonstrated solidarity with The Gambia and proved that she is a true friend of the Gambian people.

Minister Sey added that the relevant  Gambian authorities have already taken all the necessary measures to prevent Ebola and other contagious diseases. However, support is still needed to face the challenges presented by such a big menace.

Minister Sey thanked the Turkish ambassador and the Turkish people on behalf of President Jammeh.

Ambassador Soner reiterated that the Turkish people would always be on the side of their Gambian brothers and sisters. This includes all kinds of health related issues as well. In addition, he believes that to keep The Gambia an Ebola free country by stopping its spread, downgrading it in affected countries and finally eradicating the Ebola virus is not an isolated problem for African countries, rather, all nations that share a common responsibility. This should be a common concern for all humankind. 

He concluded: “In the end, Muslim or Christian, rich or poor, black or white we are all same members of one single family in this beautiful planet.” 

Turkey’s support extended to The Gambia in this regard, constitutes just another manifested solidarity by the Turkish people who are transcontinental brothers of the Gambian people.

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