By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Thursday, March 26, 2020.
Gambia’s Social Security Housing and Finance Corporation has temporarily relieved 100 of its workers off official duties as a result of the Coronavirus Outbreak, National Telegraph has confirmed.
According to the Managing Director, Muhamadou Manjang, those chosen are likely to be more at risk because the activities they are engaged in are not critical in the current environment.
“All of them were asked to take their leave so that we will decongest the office and allow social distancing. We have also set up a crisis management team last week to respond to the unfolding crisis of Covid-19,” he said.
Muhamadou Manjang furthered that whatever decision they take is in line with the WHO and Ministry of Health’s advice. “Our effort is to complement whatever government is doing to contain this virus because we are concern with the wellbeing and health of our staff and members, particularly pensioners who are identified as one of the most vulnerable,” Manjang stated.
SSHFC has also closed its Bijilo Tribunal, all its guests’ houses across the country and a mosque built at their headquarters. It has already taken preventive measures to make sure the offices are thoroughly sanitized.
“We are also trying to get the thermometer from either The Gambia or Dakar and get medical experts to train our staff on how to use it for early detections”. Manjang also added that the company has provided its staff with financial assistance in the case of a lockdown.
The Gambia also moved to cancel flights from a total of 13 European countries. Much pressure is also being put on the Government to close all Gambian borders as a precautionary measure against the Coronavirus outbreak.
So far, four cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed and one died. The Ministry of Health announced on Sunday, March 22, 2020, that a 70-year-old Bangladeshi man tested positive for the Coronavirus had passed away after traveling in the country for a preaching mission.