The University of The Gambia’s School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (SMARS) has ended the first phase of its training on hand sanitizer production and use of personal protective equipment (PPEs).

At the closing ceremony of the training, which was funded by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Prof. Ousman Nyan expressed delight over the success of the training.

“We are happy that you have been trained to empower people. From this training we hope that we will no longer need to depend on imports,” remarked the provost of SMARS.

He informed the gathering that the participants went through a rigorous three-day training and that each of them was tasked to make a hand sanitizer using the chemicals at their disposal.

“We expect a lot from you and we want you to train your colleagues in the regions so that as many people can benefit from this initiative,” said Dr. Mustapha Bittaye, the Director of Health Services.

He extended gratitude on behalf of the Minister of Health while thanking the ISESCO and the University of The Gambia for making this possible. He encouraged the participants to collaborate even after the training.

Ms. Marie Noel Mendy, a participant from the North Bank Region, delivered the vote of thanks on behalf of her colleagues. “If the knowledge gained here is not shared,” she said, “then that will defeat the purpose of the training,” she concluded.