“DO NOT PANIC ABOUT AN EBOLA OUTBREAK”, GAMBIA’S MINISTRY OF HEALTH ASSURED THE PUBLIC.

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MINISTER SEY

MINISTER SEY

Fabakary Tombong Jatta

Fabakary Tombong Jatta

The Gambia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has assured the public not to be alarmed and/or make any superfluous fuss concerning Ebola outbreak in West Africa since there is no detection yet in the country. Task force committees with support materials from the United Nation World Health Organization have been set up  to control the border areas for those coming in and going out of the country for Ebola virus prevention. A communication committee has also been created under the task force to develop messages around Ebola and print posters, leaflets and flyers for Ebola control, health officials said on Tuesday.

“We are also stepping up our sensitization programmes  on Radios and the national television to educate communities on the Ebola virus in case of any outbreak”, Lamin Ceesay Health Communication Unit Coordinator  under the Ministry of Health and Social officials announced. “ We are continually liaising with the communities through regional health offices to sensitize 210 technical advisory  committee members comprising heads of government institutions from Education, Health ,Agriculture and  Local  Government authorities including the Governors , District and Village  Heads”,  Mr Ceesay added.

The surveillance has been increased and strengthened at border areas to monitor those coming in and out of the country. The ministry of Health has equally equipped Public Health officers who are posted at border areas to serve as surveillance officers. “All these measures don’t mean complacent. We are working with the World Health Organization to ensure that Ebola virus is prevented” Health Officials stressed. According to World Health Organization recent report the death toll from Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 603 since its outbreak in February 2014. World Health Organization continues to monitor the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, according to the health officials.

National Assembly members in the Gambia have raised concerns over the deadly Ebola virus and increasing terrorist activities within the sub-region. The members urged ECOWAS parliamentarians to facilitate an extra-ordinary session in consultation with relevant stakeholders in the region to strategize measures to contain the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. “We enjoined Gambian ECOWAS parliamentarians to facilitate an extra-ordinary session with their ECOWAS colleague to strategize measures to contain the deadly Ebola virus”, Honourable Kalifa Jammeh, National Assembly Member for Bakau, said. “The virus is affecting West African countries and it is a general concern to address the issue before it gets out of control”, Hon Jammeh cautioned.

“The out breaks have also affected the movement of the people from one West African nation to another. All the flights have been banned from picking passengers from the affected countries which hinders the economy”, Hon Demba Baldeh, National Assembly Member for Niani, buttressed. The Majority Leader and Member for Sere Kunda Central, Hon Fabakary Tombong Jatta, noted the issue is a national concern and requires all hands on deck to address and place preventive measure for its outbreak. The members also called for Unity and territorial integrity as well as to support Nigeria with its fight against terrorism. The members made these remarks on Tuesday during their debate on the ECOWAS Parliamentarians Report which was held in Abuja Nigeria in May 2014.

 


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