Nov 11, 2009, 2:06 PM
Your Change For a Change (YCFaC), a Gambian youth organization, over the weekend sensitised people of Mandinaba in Kombo East district and the surrounding communities, particularly those around the border, on the deadly Ebola virus.
Speaking at the sensitization, YCFaC country director Lamin Darboe underscored the importance of the sensitization, saying understanding Ebola is one way it could be prevented and called on the people of the area to be vigilant and immediately report any disorder in their bodies to health facilities.
According to him, the early reporting of cases to health centres would be the easier way of addressing the virus.
The chairman of Mandinaba Village Development Committee, Yahya Njie, appealed to the people to always adhere to medical precautions that could help prevent the infection.
He also implored on the participants to ensure they disseminate the information to others who did not attend the sensitization.
A village elder, Talibo Jambang, commended YCFaC for organizing the sensitization, saying it would go a long way in raising the awareness of the people about the virus.
He also called on the people to be vigilant and adhere to every health recommendations which could help in the prevention of the virus.
Amoro Jarju, a health officer, said the signs and symptoms of Ebola are similar to some other conditions and they may include vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, joint and muscle aches, stomach pain, headache, red eyes, and bleeding from body openings may be seen in some patients while stressing the need for personal hygiene through hand-washing at all times.
He noted that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has taken the necessary preventive measures to protect the health of the general public against Ebola.
He urged Gambians to also contribute their quota by adhering to the advice given by health personnel for a Gambia free of Ebola.