“COVID-19 has overwhelmed us as a population; infection numbers are surging beyond our expectations and within a short period of time.

Hence I turned to my brother, President Macky Sall, to tap from Senegal’s experience in managing the pandemic,” Gambian leader Adama Barrow said, as he received experts from Senegal.

In a dispatch from State House, President Barrow said as leaders they are responsible and accountable to the people. He thus urged the health professionals to take the lead to provide expert advice that will guide them as politicians to make informed policy decisions on the COVID -19 response mechanisms. The Gambian leader made the remarks at State House, on Saturday when he received a high powered Senegalese delegation dispatched to Banjul by President Macky Sall.

The visit came as a result of the decision of the two Heads of State to facilitate for the Health Experts of the two countries to share experiences as well as for the Senegalese to consult on possible partnership and support to the COVID -19 response in The Gambia.

President Barrow said there are valuable lessons to learn about the coronavirus situation from each country.

The Senegalese Director of Health Emergency Operations, Dr. Abdoulaye Busso, who spoke to the press corps after the audience, described Gambian laboratories as “very good capacity laboratories” at MRC and National Health Laboratory under Department of Public Health.

They visited these labs and other treatment centres to exchange ideas and hold discussions with their Banjul counterparts on how to effectively collaborate and coordinate efforts between Banjul and Dakar.