9 July 2014

Gambia: 'All Suspected Ebola Cases Proved Negative At Test'

All suspected Ebola cases in The Gambia that have been tested have proved negative, but the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare will not be complacent towards the prevention and control of this highly contagious disease, Permanent Secretary Makie Taal has declared.

Addressing a press briefing Monday at the conference hall of the Ministry in Banjul, the Health PS informed that as part of the prevention and control mechanisms put in place, Gambian borders have been strengthened while regular surveillance is being conducted at all levels. Taal described Ebola as a dreadful disease and informed that since it's unfortunate outbreak in the sub-region, The Gambia has put in place all the necessary preventive measures.

"Since the outbreak of Ebola was reported in the sub- region, the Ministry of Health has embarked on an aggressive massive sensitisation about the disease. The country is well prepared against Ebola and the drugs and other materials are all in the country," he assured.

Dr. Taal stressed the will of the leadership in safeguarding the nation from such a contagious disease, recalling President Jammeh's recent donation of Ebola testing machines to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as part of efforts to equip and tackle the disease in case of any suspected case.

The Health PS further indicated that series of trainings have been conducted countrywide for both health workers and local government authorities, focusing mainly on the signs and symptoms of the disease.

The deputy permanent secretary for Technical at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dawda Ceesay, called on the general public to give information to health workers in case of any suspected case.

The director of Health Promotion and Education at the Health Ministry said a lot of sensitisation is also going through selected community radios across the country.

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