"No Cases of Cholera in The Gambia" - DOSH Programme Manager

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Programme Manager at Health Education Unit of the Department of State for Health and Social Welfare, Amadou Sowe, has stated that as of now there is no single case of cholera that has been reported in any of the health facilities in the country.

He made this observation in an interview with journalists yesterday following the reported outbreak of cholera in neighbouring countries.

Mr Sowe said that despite the fact that there is no case of cholera in the country as yet, his office would not be complacent.

 He noted that the Department of State for Health has set up a task force comprising staff from the Department of State for Water Resources, Municipalities, the NEA, the WHO, UNICEF and other partners working in the area of cholera prevention.

According to him, the Department of State for Health cannot do it alone.

He noted that recently some members of the task force visited all the health facilities in order to prepare people for any eventuality, including an outbreak.

He pointed out that all the health facilities have been well equipped with all the supplies they need.

He called on the general public to report to the nearest health facility if they suspect sudden diarrhoea with two or more watery stools per day.

Mr Sowe said the Regional Health Teams have notified the health staff at the border post to be vigilant enough at their respective border posts.

 He finally advised the general public to be mindful of what they eat and drink.

Author: By Pa Modou Faal