The University of The Gambia’s School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (SMAHS) handed out some hand sanitizer production materials to the Ministry of Health.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Faqir Muhammad Anjum, said the Univerity has an integral role to play in advancing the socio-economic development of The Gambia. He added that this was a well-thought-out project.

“Today our world is challenged by the Nobel coronavirus and institutions such as universities must be at the forefront in the efforts to defeating it. For this reason, we are happy to present these materials to the Ministry.”

Prof. Ousman Nyan, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Provost of SMAHS, said the initiative started some months ago with the training of regional health officials on hand sanitizer production and the use of personal protective equipment (PPEs) with support from the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(ISESCO).

“We trained the health officials with the hope that this will be replicated in the regions. These are the raw materials they will need as a start-up.”

Receiving the materials on behalf of the Hon. Minister, Director of Health Services Dr. Mustapha Bittaye thanked the Univesity for what he described as a “timely and laudable initiative”.