“I believe they are ready to make the difference” says Prof. Ousman Nyan

The Professor made these remarks at the closing ceremony of the second phase of the training of regional health officials on hand sanitizer production and use of personal protective equipment (PPEs).

“This is a proud moment for us. You went through training not only for your own interest but also for your patients and communities,” he told the participants.

Conducted by the University of The Gambia’s School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences with funding from the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the training targeted 26 health care providers across The Gambia.

Prof. Dr. Faqir Muhmmad Anjum, the Vice Chancellor of the university expressed gratitude to the staff, participants and sponsors of the programme.

“There is no vaccine for the Covid-19.Therefore, we can only take serious precautionary measures and key among them is regular use of hand sanitizers hence the importance of this training,” he remarked.

He reminded them that neighbouring countries continue recording new cases of the Covid-19 virus and that all hands must be on deck to flatten the curve.

Also in attendance was the Director of Health Services, Dr. Mustapha Bittaye. He assured participants of the Ministry of Health’s commitment to support their initiatives.

“You have to push,” he said and “the mechanism is there to support you but you must remain resolute and collaborate together,” he advised the students.

Other speakers at the closing ceremony included Dr. Noel Caballero a trainer, Penda Gaye, Faculty Officer and Rose Mendy Jallow, a participant who gave the vote of thanks on behalf of her colleagues.