Public health awareness week campaign kicks off

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The Gambia Association of Public Health Officers (GAPHO) under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, in collaboration with other units within the same line ministry on Monday commenced public health awareness week campaign.

The campaign, which runs from 8 to 13 January 2018, is geared towards creating greater awareness on the functions, achievements, prospects, and challenges of public health in The Gambia.

In his welcome remarks held at the CIAM conference hall, the director of public health, Bolong Jorbateh, said public health in The Gambia has been and would continue to render tremendous services for the nation.

He said the Ministry of Health would continue to ensure the promotion of health, prevention of diseases and protection of lives without discrimination. 

He thanked the Gambia Association of Public Health Officers for their foresight for building their profession, adding that this was a big strive for their profession and would go a long way in sensitising the public about the function of public health officers.

He disclosed that the current executive of GAPHO works very closely with his office and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

He also cited the numerous activities that his office conducted including visiting all public health institutions or health facilities in the country as well as engaging public health officers to know their challenges.

For his part, the president of GAPHO, Balla Joof, stated that the importance of the event could not be overestimated as far as health is concerned, adding that the weeklong activity was the first edition of public health awareness week.

Also speaking, the Director of Health Promotion and Education, Modou Njie , also expressed similar sentiment, saying the event was all geared toward raising awareness within the media on what public health is all about.

Mr. Njie underscored the important role that public health officers play in eliminating some diseases, while thanking GAPHO for organizing the event with the objectives to raise awareness on public health and their role and responsibilities.

The deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Janko Jimbara, commended the executive members of GAPHO for organizing public awareness campaign, which was the first of its kind.

Mr. Jimbara urged the association to continue with the sensitisation awareness on public health.

Source: Picture: Balla Joof, President, GAPHO