Kanifing Municipality’s mayor Talib Bensouda today reveals he has tested negative to coronavirus.
Detailing a scare he had last Sunday after developing symptoms identified with the pandemic, Bensouda said he was forced to consult his doctor as panic set in.
The move was to seek medical advise from him who in turn recommended he dial the coronavirus alert hotline 1025 leading health ministry officials into conducting a test on him.
Below is Talib’s verbatim narration of what happened next.
“On Sunday morning I felt some symptoms described in the Covid-19 WHO guidelines … I consulted my doctor who advised I should go ahead and call the Covid-19 hotline 1025.
Within an hour my doctor sent a nurse to ask some questions and an hour later MOH officials came by to do the test.
I was a bit nervous but they engaged me and made me feel very comfortable … they also had a lot of protective gear which was quite impressive … the whole test took 10 mins and they left and informed me that I would get results the next day. I isolated myself till tonight.
I just got the results and thankfully it turned out to be negative. I encourage all Gambians who feel symptoms to call the hotline because it’s just the responsible thing to do .
I also want to thank the very brave health officials for the invaluable work and applaud them for their professionalism.
Also remember to keep the practice of social distancing and stay home as much as possible,” he said.