4 September 2014

Gambia Launches Ebola Call Centre

As part of efforts to strengthen communication on Ebola preparedness and prevention in the country, the Health and Social Welfare minister Wednesday launched what it called 'Ebola Call Centre 1025'.

The Centre was launched at the Kotu Central Medical Store. The ceremony also witnessed the presentation of mobile phones to the Centre by the Public Utility Authority (PURA).

In his statement, Minister Omar Sey underscored the importance of the Centre and informed that the president is constantly following the surveillance on Ebola in the country. "From now on wards, Gambians can call 1025, the hotline for Ebola. It is open for 24 hours to the public and people can also call through their land line for any further information on Ebola. The line is free and people can call to enquire," he explained.

The minister thanked PURA for the support extended to the Centre, noting that the donation was meant to complement government's efforts in the fight against Ebola.

The director of Health Promotion and Education at the Ministry of Health, Momodou Njai, said apart from the phones donated, plans are in the pipeline to equip the Call Centre with computers in order to ease the communication with the public.

The acting director, Electricity and Water at PURA, Momodou Lamin Sompo-Ceesay thanked Africell, Qcell and Gamcel for providing the phones to the Ministry.

At the presentation, Africell offered the Ministry one-hour airtime every day on Afri Radio to sensitise people about Ebola.

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