By Olimatou Coke
United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) through UNDP has on Tuesday handed over 200, 0000 face masks to Refela The Gambia national chapter at a handing over ceremony held at BCC in Banjul.
The masks are meant to be disbursed to EFSTH, Albert Market, Mile2 Prisons, Hamza Barracks, Serekunda Market, Latirkunda Market, Brikama Market, etc.
Mustapha Batchilly, the Chief Executive Officer of Banjul City Council, said women are also at the forefront in the fight against Covid-19.
“We definitely have to agree that Mayor Lowe is in the forefront of fighting the Covid-19 in the city of Banjul and the country at large,” he said, hoping this won’t the last.
Aissata De, the UNDP Country Representative, expressed delight in having this cooperation.
She said this donation from the UNOSSC of the 200,000 masks is more than timely because they know how the Gambia has been facing challenges regarding the pandemic since last year.
“The donation of these face masks is, therefore, part of a critical response to the fight against the pandemic”.
She said UNDP has been closely working with other UN agencies to assess the socio-economic impact of the virus and also to roll out many actions.
Isatou Njie, Coordinator of Refela Gambia National Chapter, said Refela Gambia since its inception in 2019 has been receiving tremendous support from UNDP.
She added the masks will go a long way in the fight against Covid-19.