November 6, 2014
Displayed with permission from Daily Observer (Gambia)
The programme officer of networking at the Association of Non-
Governmental Organization The Gambia (TANGO) said the World Health Organisation has revealed that the current public health threat posed by Ebola is the most severe and complex in the history of world diseases.
Kebba K. Barrow was speaking during a day's sensitisation of the West Coast Region Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members, Kombo Central Alkalolu, ward councilors and women councilors, on the Ebola Virus, organised by TANGO and Action Aid The Gambia. He described the virus as a global health concern that requires concerted efforts to address it.
The sensitisation, held at the Governor's Office conference hall, is part of an agreement signed between Action Aid International the Gambia and TANGO for a massive campaign aimed at preventing the entry of the Ebola virus disease into The Gambia.
Barrow explained that under the contract his organisation would lead awareness creation campaigns through outreach activities in communities and schools and also conduct radio talk shows.
He described the partnership between Action Aid The Gambia and TANGO as significant in the sense that it contributes to the effort of the government, WHO and other development partners.
Barrow called on Gambians and people in the country to be alert about the disease and to take all preventive measures to protect themselves.
The West Coast Region deputy governor, Bakary Jaiteh, underscored the importance of awareness creation and stressed the need for concerted efforts to prevent the entry of Ebola virus in the country. He commended TANGO and Action Aid for complementing government's efforts in awareness creation at grassroots level.
Sherifo Singhateh, a senior programme officer at the Health Communication and Education Unit, under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare; and a representative of Health Promotion and Development Organization, Alagie Tambajang both dilated on the signs and symptoms and the preventative measures of Ebola, urging people to remain vigilant about the virus and to report any suspected cases to the nearest health facility or call 1025.