Mar 4, 2011, 11:25 AM
The Kanifing Municipal Council Disaster Management Committee recently summoned the community members of New Jeshwang and Ebo Town, at the New Jeshwang Health Center to a one-day sensitisation on best hygiene practices for flood related cases.
In her opening speech, the Regional Disaster Management Coordinator for KMC, Mrs. Binta Sey-Jadama informed the participants that similar sensitisation would be conducted for the communities of Kotu Quarry and Manjai-kunda. She said last year communities from Abuko to Bakau Farokono had experienced a bitter flood resulting in many outbreaks of diseases like malaria, diarrhea, skin disease, water born diseases, among others.
According to her, the communities of Ebo Town and New Jeshwang need more taps extension to enable them have access to safe-drinking water.
Alpha Jallow, Disaster Focal Point Officer for the World Health Organisation’s country office said the WHO is the leading agent for health, noting that every body is associated with flood in Ebo Town and New Jeshwang. He said flood cannot be prevented, but communities need to be prepared for it.
He then called on the participants to share the knowledge gained from the programme with others who haven't got the opportunity to attend it.
Abdoulie Camara, Disaster Focal Officer at the Medical and Health Services, for his part, said flood in the past years virtually affected the entire world, noting that KMC is one of the heaviest flood affected regions in the country.
Present at the opening ceremony were Mr. Ebrima Camara, Health Officer attached to the KMC and the representatives of the two Alkalolu from Ebo Town and New Jeshwang, respectively.