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GHG in the fight against Ebola

Sep 24, 2014, 10:34 AM | Article By: Adama K. Jallow & Nyimansata Cham

Global Hand-The Gambia over the weekend convened an Ebola health free campaign at the Family Planning headquarters at Westfield.

The campaign was part of efforts to sensitize members and the public on prevention of the Ebola virus disease.

The campaign also witnessed a presentation on the role of people and civil society in the fight against the disease, the health aspects of Ebola (causes, signs, and symptoms) and practical measures for protection and prevention.

The association also engaged in capacity building for youths on leadership, community service and entrepreneurship, among others.

Speaking on the occasion, GHG health officer Isatou Bah said since the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, the disease has claimed thousands of lives throughout the affected countries in West Africa.

WHO believes it would take six to nine months to control and Ebola may infect 20,000. Thus the need to prevent it from multiplying.

GFPA executive director Yankuba Dibba said Ebola is seen as a threat to international peace and security.

He said precautionary measures should be taken in its prevention.

GHG chairperson Jimmy Hendry Nzally said it calls for a global response to come up with solutions to solve the problem, adding that they need to engage young people for a brighter future.

In their intervention, he added, Global Hands wants a venue in Manduar where it could shelter a hundred young people for capacity building on a six-monthly basis in leadership training, community services, and entrepreneurship.