By Lamin Njie

Mayor of Kanifing Municipality Talib Ahmed Bensouda has tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

The mayor revealed on Monday he on Sunday 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,” the mayor said on his official Facebook page.

He added: “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 tonite.

“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.”

The mayor is calling on Gambians to call 1025 if ‘you feel symptoms’.