Former Justice Minister Mama Fatima Singateh recovers from COVID-19 as virus cases surge
Updated: Jul 28, 2020
Gambia: Thursday 23 July | GunjurOnline
Hon. Mama Fatima Singateh, former Attoney General and Minister of Justice of the Republic of The Gambia has recovered from the Coronavirus having tested positive of the virus after returning to the country from Liberia from an official UN assignment.
The former Justice Minister who is now UN Special Rappateur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children - OHCHR spent 16 days in quarantine in The Gambia.
Announcing her positive test result of the virus upon arrival in The Gambia two weeks ago, the Hull University law graduate said:
“Dear Friends, after being away on official assignment with the #OHCHR in Liberia, I returned home few days ago and tested positive with COVID-19. Alhamdulilah I am well & certainly asymptomatic. I will isolate as required by gov't protocol & hope to resume normal life soon
Having spent just over two weeks at the Gambia government quarantine facility, the former Attoney General revealed:
“Dear Friends, I am pleased to inform you all that after 16 days of being in isolation at a designated covid health facility I have been declared covid free, discharged and cleared to return home. Alhamdulilah praise be to Allah the most high for his many mercies.”
Empathising with other COVID-19 positive patients who are currently in quarantine, and appreciating the efforts of Gambian health professionals on the frontline of fighting COVID-19 in Tha Gambia, Madam Singateh sent this message:
“To the patients I shared living quarters with i pray for your speedy recovery and discharge. I say a big thank you to all our courageous and selfless health professionals and support staff for being in the front lines battling this invisible enemy.”
She continued with a special prayer for the health professionals who died in their line of duty and a caution to the general public to take Coronavirus seriously, saying:
“and to your colleagues who have succumbed to the virus may Allah reward their ultimate sacrifices with the highest Jannah. To members of the public please note that covid is real! protect your selves, your families and communities by complying with the safety regulations. Please also note that covid is not the plague or a life sentence, an infected person needs support and prayers and not rejection. Say no to social stigmatisation!”
The UN Special Rappatuer on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children concluded by thanking his friends, family and well-wishers for their prayers and best wishes during her quarantine period. Her words: “And finally, to all those who sent prayers and best wishes i say a big thank you, May Allah reward and multiply those prayers for you and yours. Ameen”
Mama Fatima Singateh was Gambia’s Attoney General and Minister of Justice from August 2013 to August 2014, and from January 2015 to January 2017. She was the last Justice Minister under the regime of exiled former Gambian President Jammeh. She was appointed UN Special Rappateur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children - OHCHR in May 2020.
The Gambia has seen a surge in positive cases of the Coronavirus in recent days with a total of 146 cases with 5 confirmed deaths. The country registered her biggest Coronavirus cases of 20 in a single day on 20 July, sparking fears the virus is spreading faster than realised in the country.