By Ousainou J. Sawaneh
Aisha Camara, a Public Health Officer in the West Coast Region has strongly encouraged people with diabetes to get the covid-19 vaccines to stay safe.
She stressed that people with diabetes are vulnerable to developing a severe illness if they get corona virus (Covid-19), adding that covid-19 vaccines are the most effective way to prevent that from happening.
‘‘people with diabetes face a much higher risk of experiencing severe illness from covid-19. so they should really go and get the vaccine so that it will help them to always stay safe’’ she said
Miss Camara added that the Covid-19 vaccines are safe and have been approved by the WHO while recommending all people with diabetes get vaccinated as soon as possible.
According to research people with diabetes are considered a high-risk population in the corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic scenario, they are globally prioritized in COVID-19 vaccine policy. To date, in most industrialized countries, people with diabetes have already been offered the opportunity to receive a vaccine.
Among the Gambia Governments efforts, the vaccines were first administered to front-line health care workers, people with underlying health conditions, which includes people with diabetes and those aged 65 and above.
A 67 year old woman with diabetes and HB, who stays within the greater Banjul Area said ‘‘I am still alive and safe and I took the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Batch 209C21A, this was since last year. I don’t encounter any serious challenge after taking the vaccine. Thanks to Allah I am still doing well’’ she said
She added that, all the negative things that were attached to the vaccine were not true as she is still doing well.
‘‘all the negative things that was attached to the vaccine was not true because I am still doing well. And I am someone who is suffering with diabetes and hypertension together. I am still safe after I took the vaccine for over a year now. Then this is indication that the vaccines are safe for everyone’’
She added that the covid-19 vaccine is very normal while calling on the general public to also take the vaccine to stay safe especially people with diabetes.
Meta Ceesay a resident in the greater Banjul Area, who took the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Batch Number 209C21A describes the covid-19 vaccination as very effective and safe while calling on the Gambians to get the vaccine.
“it is very normal to feel some problems a day after taking the vaccine but since then I have never complain of any other problems about the vaccine’’ she said
The 51 year old woman, who also lives in the West Coast Region, has said that she did not experienced any serious side effects after taking the vaccine, ‘‘I took the vaccine but I am safe, Thanks to Allah and the only way we can all be safe from COVID-19, is to be Vaccinated. So I encourage all to get the vaccine’’.
Amadou Jallow a native in the West Coast Region, who took Johnson and Johnson said ‘‘despite all the negative comments attached to the vaccine. Yes I have taken the vaccine but to be honest nothing happen to me.’’ he said.
Jallow urged Gambians especially people with diabetes to get the vaccine adding that they should not to listen to the negative comments attached to the vaccine ‘‘the vaccine is safe and it also serve as a gateway for people when they are traveling to other countries. I encourage people to go and take the vaccine to reduce the spread of the virus’’ he said.
This story was produced with support from Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), through its Mobilizing Media in the Fight Against COVID-19 in partnership with Kaba Communication and The Daily News
Photo on the story is from UNICEF GAMBIA Facebook page