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Gambia: World Malaria Day Celebrated
[Foroyaa]The ministry of health and social welfare in collaboration with the national malaria control programme and its relevant stake holders joined the world in commemorating world malaria day 25th of April. This year the ministry deemed it fit to move the celebration to 3rd May 2014, and it was hosted by the Upper River Region, the theme being Invest in the future and defeat malaria. The Permanent Secretary for health and social welfare, Dr. Makie Taal, speaking at the commemoration at Basse Mansajang on the 3rd (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 7, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: . Presidential Convoy Leaves a Six Year Old Boy Seriously Injured
[Foroyaa]A six year old boy who was reported to have been knocked down at Latrikunda Sabiji on Friday, 2nd May 2014, by a moving Gambia Prison Service vehicle in the president's convoy has been seriously injured and is recovering at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (E.F.S.T.H) in Banjul where he underwent abdominal operation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 7, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: One Million Optical Lab Project Commissioned
[Daily Observer]An optical surfacing and manufacturing laboratory, financed at a tune of US$1M was Monday commissioned by the Health and Social Welfare minister, Omar Sey, during a ceremony held at the Sheikh Zayed Eye Regional Center in Kanifing. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 6, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Dr Taal Presides Over World Malaria Day Commemoration
[Daily Observer]The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dr Makie Taal last Saturday presided over the commemoration of World Malaria Day at Basse, Upper River Region (URR). Organised by the National Malaria Control Programme on the theme- 'Invest in the future, defeat Malaria.' (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 6, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: MISP Training for Health Workers, Others End
[Daily Observer]The National Disaster Management Agency and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, in collaboration with UNFPA concluded a two-day training of health workers and youth ambassadors' officers on Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) in disaster response. The theme of the training was 'Sexual and Reproductive Health.' (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 5, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: BCC Donates Medical Items to Institutions
[Daily Observer]The Banjul City Council (BCC) recently donated some medical items to Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) and the Red Cross Banjul branch, at a presentation ceremony held at the BCC conference's hall in Banjul. Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the director of administration at the Council, Mattar Njie, said the items were given to his council by Oostende City in Belgium and his council in turn presented the items to the abovementioned institutions. He highlighted the long- relationship betw (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 5, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Mother's diet affects the 'silencing' of her child's genes
A unique 'experiment of nature' that took place in The Gambia has now revealed that a mother's diet before she conceives has a permanent effect on her offspring's genetics. This is the first time the effect has been seen in humans, and is regarded as a major contribution to the field of 'epigenetics.' (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 29, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Gambia: Balla Discharged
[Daily Observer]Highly placed sources have told the Daily Observer Sunday afternoon that the minister of Transport, Works and Infrastructure, Balla Garba Jahumpha has been 'discharged' from a Spain hospital where he was receiving treatment after sustaining injuries in a car accident during the president's current Dialogue with the People Tour. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 28, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Gambia Intensifies Preparedness Against Ebola
[Daily Observer]Ever since the deadly Ebola virus broke out in neighbouring Guinea Conakry, the Gambia government through its Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and partners have been firm on their toes, and have been devising various strategies to prevent it from hitting the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 28, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Road and Transport Minister Jahumpa Evacuated to Spain
[Foroyaa]Gambia's Roads and Transport minister, Mr. Bala Garba Jahumpa, who was admitted at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul, was said to have been flown to Spain for medical treatment, Wednesday April 23rd. It was earlier reported that his vehicle in the presidential convoy was involved in an accident, reportedly caused by a bull which was crossing the road. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 28, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: World TB Day Observed in Essau, With Call On Positive Response
[The Point]The Regional Principal Nurse Officer for Essau Health Region in the North Bank Region has underscored the importance the Ministry of Health attaches to the fight against TB. Baba Galleh Jallow was speaking recently in Essau in commemoration of World TB Day on the theme: "The missing three million", held at the Essau Major Health Centre. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 25, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Malaria - Bedlam in the Blood
[The Point]It begins with a bite, a painless bite. The mosquito comes in the night, alights on an exposed patch of flesh, and assumes the hunched, head-lowered posture of a sprinter in the starting blocks. Then she plunges her stiletto mouth-parts into the skin. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 25, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Health Ministry Organises NHR Conference
[The Point]Dr Makie Taal, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, has said that health managers and policymakers need evidence-based information to promote national decision-making in programmatic and policy matters. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 25, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Gambian Artists Set to Raise Funds for Colleague - Malla Manneh Tonight
[Daily Observer]As part of effort in raising funds for Malla Manneh, a 19-year-old girl diagnosed of having recurrent Dermatofibrosarcoma on the face, with lymphatic metastases is set for tonight Friday 25th 2014 at the Alliance Francaise. The event which is expected to be a live performance by Gambian finest, such as Manding Morry, Killa Ace, Gee, Bai Babu Damayii and Badibunka, would be backed by the Five Star Band. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 25, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Community Celebrates Open Defecation Free
[The Point]Community-led Total Sanitation is a concept introduced in communities to control their own sanitation and hygiene with no cost or subsidy from the government and other NGOs. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 25, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Stand Up Against Malaria
[Daily Observer]The highest incidence of malaria in the country is recorded during the peak of the rainy season. It is imperative to note that a healthy and decent environment is not ordained from heaven; it is created by a healthy and decent people and not through intentions but by actions. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 25, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Defence Counsel Continues Cross-Examination in Nurses' Case
[The Point]Lawyer Lamin Camara, who represented Awa Beyai and Awa Sanneh, nurses at the Serrekunda Health Centre, who were charged with neglect of official duty and abuse of office, continued cross-examination of the first prosecution witness on 23 April 2014, before Magistrate Tabally of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 25, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Today Is World Malaria Day
[The Point]In the Gambia, the goal of the country's seven-year strategic plan, drafted by the national malaria control programme, is to provide a framework for the reduction of the malaria burden by 50 per cent by 2015. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 25, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: First Lady's Health Initiative Boosted
[Daily Observer]The 'Operation Save A Baby' initiative of the First Lady of the Republic, Her Excellency Zineb Yahya Jammeh has received cash donations from various institutions and staff of the Ministry of Trade, Integration and Employment, amounting to D53, 475. The monies were received Tuesday by the vice president and Women's Affairs minister, Her Excellency Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy, on behalf of the beneficiary during ceremonies held at State House. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 24, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Banjul Hosts Health Research Conference
[Daily Observer]The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, in collaboration With the University of Oslo, Norway Wednesday began a two-day Health Research Conference at the Sunswing Beach Resort, in Bakau. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 24, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Change of Diet
[Daily Observer]Colonisation is the establishment of political and economic control over a foreign territory. Most African countries were in one way or the other colonised by a country from the West, who were mainly interested in enriching themselves and imposing their culture and lifestyles on us. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 24, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Gambia Targets 2018 to Achieve Pre-Malaria Elimination Stage
[Daily Observer]The programme manager of the National Malaria Control Programme, Adama Jagne Sonko has disclosed that The Gambia is targeting 2018 to achieve Pre-Malaria elimination stage. She said the government of The Gambia has given Malaria the highest political support it so deserves in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 24, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: World Health April 2014 Is High Blood Pressure Awareness Gambia"high Blood Pressure" Is Likely to Become an Increasingly Important Public Health Problem
[The Point]World Health Day is celebrated on the 17th April to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. This year's theme is high blood pressure. With one in three adults worldwide having the condition, this 'silent killer' puts huge numbers of individuals at risk for heart disease and stroke, and represents one of the most important challenges facing public health today. It is estimated there will be a staggering 1.56 billion adults living with high blood pressure in 2025. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 22, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: CRR, TAC Members Sensitised On Bed-Net Distribution Campaign
[Daily Observer]Crr -The National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), in collaboration with the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) recently sensitised the Central River Region Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members on the forth-coming mass bed-net distribution campaign. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 22, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: FSQA Holds Capacity Building Training for Key Stakeholders
[Foroyaa]The food safety and quality authority is conducting a two-day capacity building training for food inspectors and scientists on food control and risk assessment in food safety. The training is taking place at the National nutrition agency's conference hall from the 16th to the 17th of April 2014. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 22, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Brikama Four Nurses Trial - Three Acquitted and Discharged
[Foroyaa]Ensa Jarjue, Adama Darboe and Fatou Sonko, being the first, third and fourth accused persons, who were all former employees of the Brikama Health Center, were on Wednesday, 15th April, 2014, acquitted and discharged by the court, relying on Section 166 of the Criminal Code Procedure (CPC), which exempts them from entering defence as no testimony went against them in the trial before Principal Magistrate, Dayoh M. Small Dago, of the Brikama magistrates' court. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 22, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Women, Birth Control Pills and Implants
[The Point]Hello and welcome to a revived fashion of She She She, your weekly column that brings you issues of women and girls within the country and beyond. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - April 17, 2014 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: 'Donating Blood Is Everyone's Social Responsibility'
[Daily Observer]Sheriffo Jagne, the deputy director of the National Public Health Laboratory has said that blood donation is harmless and safe, noting that it is everyone's social responsibility to donate blood that could be used to save the lives of their fellow human beings. According to him, if one donates blood it maybe used by the same person, meaning, "today's donor may be tomorrow's recipient." Jagne made these statements during the second anniversary celebration of the Blood Donors Association of Sukuta (BDAS) on (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 17, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: C.I.D Officer Concludes Testimony in Four Brikama Nurses Trial
[Foroyaa]The defence counsel concluded cross examining the fourth prosecution witness at the trial of four nurses, formerly at Brikama Health Centre, at Brikama Magistrates' Court yesterday 14th April, 2014. The trial proceeded before the Principal Magistrate Dayoh M. Small Dago. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 16, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: YCFAC and BYA Commemorate World TB Day
[The Point]Your Change for A Change (YCFAC), in partnership with Bawrigal Youth Association, Sunday commemorated World Tuberculosis (TB) Day in Penyem village, West Coast Region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 16, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Three Nurses Acquitted
[The Point]Magistrate Dayoh M. Small-Dago of the Brikama magistrates' court yesterday acquitted and discharged Ensa Jarju, Adama Danso and Fatou Sonko, former nurses at the Brikama health centre of the all the charges against them. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 16, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: SBDA Commemorates Second Anniversary
[The Point]The Sukuta Blood Donors Association Saturday celebrated their 2nd anniversary after 24 months of successful blood donation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 15, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: CID Officer Cross-Examined in Four Nurses Trial
[The Point]Momodou L. Jallow, a detective officer, was Monday cross-examined in the trial involving four former nurses of the Brikama health centre, at the Brikama magistrates' court before principal magistrate Dayoh M. Small-Dago. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 15, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: 1.8 Million People Died of Aids-Related Illnesses, Mayor Colley
[The Point]Mayor Yankuba Colley of the Kanifing Municipality Council has revealed that in 2009, 2.6 million people worldwide became newly infected with HIV, and 1.8 million people died of Aids-related illnesses. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - April 15, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: African Ministers of Health Meet in Angola
[The Point]African ministers of health are attending a conference jointly convened by the African Union Commission and World Health Organisation, which got under way in Luanda, Angola, on Monday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 15, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Hypertension and Diabetes Are Wreaking Havoc in the Gambia
[Foroyaa]Alieu Jobe, 42 and unemployed, who lives in Serekunda, the country's largest urban settlement, used to complain about dizziness, headaches and palpitations, according to his best friend, Assan Joof, a 45-year-old primary school teacher. In the last twelve months he visited the hospital four times and each time was diagnosed and treated for malaria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 15, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia: Gambia Bans Airline Passengers From Freetown, Monrovia, Conakry
[The Point]The Gambian authorities have ordered four airline companies operating in The Gambia, "not to pick up passengers in Freetown, Monrovia and Conakry as inbound passengers to Banjul." (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 14, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia: Gambia Bans Flights From Liberia, Guinea
[NEWS]Gambia has banned all aircrafts from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea following reports of Ebola outbreak in the three West African countries. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 14, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: HIV and Aids Strategic Plan for 2015 - 2020 Validation in Progress
[Foroyaa]The National Aids Secretariat (NAS), in collaboration with its partners, is conducting a three day validation workshop on the 2015-2020 strategic plans for the delivery of HIV and Aids in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 14, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: New Director Vows to Make EFSTH Among West Africa's Best
[Daily Observer]The Syrian-born chief medical director of the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) has pledged his commitment to improving the condition of the main referral hospital in the country so that it can become one of the best in the West African sub-region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 10, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Ten-Month-Old Baby Needs Overseas Medical Treatment
[The Point]The family of a ten-month-old baby of Brikama New Town is seeking urgent overseas treatment for their daughter Ida Kah who has developed cough and fast breathing since her delivery. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 10, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: GFPA, Yam Embarks On Exchange Visit
[The Point]Gambia Family Planning Association (GFPA) and Youth Action Movement (YAM) recently embarked on a three-day exchange visit to Bwiam funded by the UNFPA. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - April 10, 2014 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: Gambia to Observe National Natural Medicines Day Every 17th Jan
[Daily Observer]Lawmakers at the National Assembly Monday adopted a motion that called for the observance of the National Natural Medicines Day every 17th January. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 10, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Youths Sensitised On HIV, Dangers of Illicit Drugs
[Daily Observer]A total of 30 young men and women footballers in the West Coast Region were recently sensitised on HIV/AIDS and the dangers associated with the use of illicit drugs. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - April 9, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Mother Testifies in Daughter's Pregnancy Case
[Daily Observer]Mariama Camara, resident of Ebo Town, Tuesday testified in a rape and impregnation case involving her biological daughter at the Special Criminal Court, presided over by Justice Amadi. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - April 9, 2014 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Access to improved water and sanitation varies widely within sub-Saharan Africa
Access to improved drinking water and sanitation is highly variable within individual countries in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new study. Researchers have identified marked geographic inequalities, estimating that coverage of improved drinking water supply varied from as low as 3.2% in some districts of Somalia to as high as 99.0% in urban populations in Namibia, while access to improved sanitation ranged from 0.2% in parts of Chad to close to 100% in Gambia. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 9, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Gambia: Food Business Operators to Register, Have Licence
[The Point]The Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA) of The Gambia, under the Office of the President in Banjul, will soon start the registration and licensing of all firms and individuals involved in the business of food and animal feed in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 8, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: 35 Communities in URR Declared Open Defecation Free Environment
[Daily Observer]Basse -Last Thursday was a special day for communities in the Upper River Region, as it was the day when 35 of them declared open defecation-free (ODF) environment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 8, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: UK Based Gambian Doctor Donates Medical Items Worth D144,000 to EFSTH
[Daily Observer]Baboucarr Cham, a Gambian medical Doctor based in the United Kingdom on Monday presented medical items worth D144, 000 (one hundred and forty-four thousand dalasi) to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 8, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: January 17 Declared Traditional Natural Medicines Day
[The Point]The National Assembly sitting in Banjul on Monday adopted a motion to declare January 17 in every calendar year as Traditional Natural Medicines Day throughout The Gambia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 8, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news