The Gambia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has announced it was intensifying the campaign against the deadly hemorrhagic disease Ebola which has killed close to 200 people in the West Africa region.Health authorities on Monday disclosed that the campaign is in collaboration with the UN system, through the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA).
To this end a training of trainers synergy for health workers and non-health workers on Ebola preparedness and response was organized last week to inform, sensitise and educate health care workers on the nature of the virus.
It was also aimed at building the capacity of trainers to conduct cascade training of health facility staff and field workers to increase their knowledge and skills on Ebola preparedness and response.
It exposed health care workers on early detection and response to emergencies.
The deputy permanent secretary, at the Health Ministry, Dawda Ceesay, said The Gambia has registered steady progress in preparedness since the Ebola outbreak was reported in the West Africa region two months ago.
He said the training on Ebola will be more strengthened to equip healthcare workers with the required information, knowledge and skills for early detection, investigation and response to the disease.
He spoke of a strong resolve by the government to prevent the disease from entering the country.
The government’s move follows the outbreaks of the Ebola virus in Guinea where some 100 people had died and cases in neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia where deaths from the virus have been confirmed.
Ebola for which no known cure or vaccine has been found is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected persons whether they are dead or alive.
Its symptoms are the vomiting of blood, muscle pain, weakness and diarrhoea among others.
( Courtesy APA & Agencies ……… Source ……… New Africa Business News)