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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

Gambia: YCFAC Commemorates World TB Day
[Daily Observer]Your Change for A Change (YCFAC), in partnership with Bawrigal Youth Association Sunday commemorated World Tuberculosis (TB) Day in Penyem village, West Coast Region. Globally, World TB Day, is commemorated on the 24th of March each year. The day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of tuberculosis worldwide and the status of its prevention and control efforts. It is also an opportunity to mobilise political and social commitment for further progress. The event was observed in the fo (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - April 7, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Govt. Committed to Quality Health Care
[The Point]The Gambia government remains committed to making quality health services available to all citizens regardless of location. Curative services will continue to have attention, but preventive services will continue to be emphasized. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 7, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: African First Ladies Committed to Zero New HIV/Aids Infections - Says Madam Jammeh, As She Launches EID/HIV
[Daily Observer]The First Lady of the Republic has reaffirmed that the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) remains committed to the global vision of getting to zero discrimination, zero new HIV infection and AIDS related diseases. She noted that their campaign to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies is at a particularly crucial moment. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - April 4, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Ebola - Two Persons Samples Tested 'Negative'
[The Point]The ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Banjul has revealed that the tests for Ebola at the regional reference laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, were "negative, meaning Ebola virus has been ruled out". (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 4, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: No Ebola Cases At Sukuta but Some Patients Under Observation At Brikama
[Foroyaa]Following the recent announcement of Ebola virus outbreak in the Sub-Saharan Region of Africa by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Foroyaa has mounted a trip to some health centres to find out from the authorities if there has been any case of the most talked about disease at this moment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 4, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Two Persons Isolated, Samples Being Tested for Ebola
[The Point]The ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Banjul has revealed that two persons, who arrived in the country from Guinea, have been placed in an isolation ward and their samples taken for testing for Ebola at the regional reference laboratory in Dakar, Senegal. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 3, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Jiffarong Health Centre Begins Operations
[Daily Observer]A newly built health facility in Jiffarong village in the Kiang West district of the Lower River region has begun operations, following the deployment of a nurse and a midwife by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 3, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: 'No Confirmed Case of Ebola in Gambia' - Two Suspected Cases Declared Negative
[Daily Observer]To date, no confirmed case of Ebola has been reported in The Gambia, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has disclosed Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 3, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia/Liberia: U-20 Seek Medical Advice in Wake of Suspected Ebola Virus Saga in Liberia
[Foroyaa]Amid reports of 80 deaths over the spread of deadly ebola virus and seven reported suspected cases in Liberia, the Gambia U-20s have understandably sought medical advice ahead of their departure to Monrovia, Foroyaa Sport can reveal. The Young Scorpions are expected to leave the shores of the country tomorrow with the first-leg Caf youth championship, but the spread of the ebola virus -said to be the worst case in seven years in Guinea and Liberia- have inevitably raised concerns with neighbouring West Afr (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 3, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: MRC Gambia to Incorporate ING
[Daily Observer]The Medical Research Council International Nutrition Group (MRC ING) will become fully integrated into the MRC Unit, The Gambia with effect from yesterday, 1 April 2014, information sent to the Daily Observer has disclosed. The Unit said this move followed ING's successful bid for renewed funding for a period 2014-2019. "Nutrition will become a fourth theme within The Gambia Unit and will continue to be led by Professor Andrew Prentice. The merger is intended to build upon the many synergies that already e (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 2, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Rojalnu On HIV/Aids Sensitisation Through Sports
[Daily Observer]The Pan African Youth Leadership Network (PAYN) "ROJALNU" Gambia chapter recently begun a nationwide sensitisation campaign on the prevention of HIV/AIDS through sports. The campaign is a follow up to the recently launched project called Protect the Goal Campaign Project with the theme "Zero new HIV infection, Zero no discrimination, Zero AIDS related death." Through this campaign, the organisation organised a three-day football tournament held in Bakau where Kacikally was crowned champions after a 5-4 pos (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 2, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia/Liberia: U-20 Team Doctor Assures Players Ebola Safety
[Daily Observer]The team doctor of the Gambia U-20 side has assured of the players safety from the Ebola disease ahead of the team's first leg African Youth Championship qualifier in Liberia this weekend after the West African country reported cases of the disease. Kalifa Manneh was speaking to Observer Sports Alieu Ceesay Tuesday evening during the team's final test game with the local-based scorpions at the Box Bar Mini-Stadium in Brikama. "That is true that the Ebola disease is in Liberia but it has nothing to do with (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 2, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: 'The Gambia Is Yet to See Any Case of Ebola Infection'-Says Health Communication Manager
[Foroyaa]As alarm gripped people in countries bordering Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone and Liberia where the deadly Ebola virus is reported to be spreading and claiming lives, the health officials in the Gambia want to allay fears that the situation is under control and that they have taken all the necessary precautions. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 2, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: WB Approves Millions to Strengthen Gambia's Health Care, Others
[Daily Observer]The World Bank's board of executive directors has approved a grant to help The Gambia strengthen primary health care services and improve community nutrition for the country's most vulnerable children and women, the multilateral agency has announced in a press release. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 1, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: World Tuberculosis Day 2014 How Dangerous Is Tuberculosis (TB) Disease
[The Point]World Tuberculosis Day, falling on March 24 each year, is designed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis and efforts to eliminate the disease. Today tuberculosis causes the deaths of about 1.7 million people each year, mostly in the Third World.[1] (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - April 1, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Press Release On Ebola Virus
[Foroyaa]The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on the 23 March 2014 issued a press release to inform the general public of the outbreak of Ebola virus in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. The release stated "the general public is hereby informed that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is fully aware of the situation and closely monitoring it." (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 1, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

MRC Unit, The Gambia to incorporate MRC International Nutrition Group
The MRC International Nutrition Group (MRC ING) will become fully integrated into the MRC Unit, The Gambia with effect from 1 April 2014. (Source: Medical Research Council Press Releases)
Source: Medical Research Council Press Releases - April 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gambia: Gambia Highlights Gains Registered in TB Control
[Daily Observer]The National Leprosy and Tuberculosis Control Programme of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has highlighted the significant strides made by the country in the area of Tuberculosis control and prevention. This was disclosed during a press briefing held at the Health Ministry, in commemoration of World Tuberculosis Day. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 31, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: 'Protect the Goal Campaign' Launched
[The Point]'Protect the Goal Campaign', which focuses on the fights against HIV/AIDS through sports was Wednesday launched in The Gambia. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 28, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Protect the Goal Campaign Project Launched
[Daily Observer]The Pan African Youth Network (PAYN) ROJALNU on Wednesday launched the Protect the Goal Campaign Project on the theme- "Zero new HIV infection, Zero no discrimination, Zero aids- related death." The launching ceremony, which was funded by the UNFPA, was held at the Alliance Franco-Gambenne. Speaking at the event, Lamin Marong, the country coordinator of ROJALNU, said that ROJALNU is a Pan-African Youth Leadership Network that aims to realise the achievements of the MDGs. The vision of the group, he said, i (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 28, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Traditional Medicine
[Daily Observer]We wish to join the World Transnational Trust in encouraging the Gambian leader to continue with, and expand his alternative treatment programme. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 28, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: More Strategies Considered to Prevent Ebola in Gambia
[Daily Observer]Health stakeholders in The Gambia have stepped-up more efforts and strategies to prevent the highly contagious Ebola disease from entering The Gambia, after its deadly outbreak in the neighbouring West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Officials of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on Wednesday organised another meeting at the former's head office along Kairaba Avenue to follow up on recommendations for a strong sensitisation p (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 27, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Wards'sensitisation On Malaria Prevention, Control Ends
[Daily Observer]The Health Promotion and Development Organisation (HePDO) recently ended a two-day Malaria prevention and control sensitisation for 22 ward representatives in Brikama, West Coast Region (WCR). Funded by the Global Fund's Malaria component, through the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the sensitisation aims to equip the participants with the required knowledge and skills on the prevention and control strategies of Malaria; a red blood cell infection, caused by a parasite protozoa, called Plasmodium from a fe (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - March 27, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: TB Prevalence Survey Findings Revealed
[The Point]There is still significant undetected TB in The Gambia; TB in The Gambia is predominantly urban-based where most of the population resides; and,TB is a bigger problem for men. These are some of the findings of a nation-wide TB prevalence survey. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 26, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Upper Badibou Clinch HIV/Aids Tourney
[The Point]Upper Badibou have been crowned champions of the HIV and Aids football tournament after defeating Jokadou 14 - 13 on post-matchpenalty shootout, after the regulation time failed to produce a winner in a well-contested final game played at the Kerewan Football Field, North Bank Region. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 25, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: WB Supports Efforts to Boost Nutrition and Health Care for Women and Young Children
[World Bank]Washington -The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a grant to help The Gambia strengthen primary health care services and improve community nutrition for the country's most vulnerable children and women. The project is expected to reach approximately 183,000 children under five and 180,000 women aged 15-49 years, yielding a total of 363,000 beneficiaries by 2019. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 25, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Farafenni Wins HIV/Aids Awareness Football Tournament
[Daily Observer]Nbr -A Farafenni football team representing Upper Badibou district won the HIV/AIDS football awareness tournament organised by the North Bank regional AIDS Office in partnership with the US Peace Corps following a 14-13 post-match penalty shootout defeat of Jokadu after a goalless. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 25, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Media Remains Committed to Partnership
[The Point]As part of activities to mark World Tuberculosis Day 2014, the national TB control programme on Monday held a press conference at the ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Banjul. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 25, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Gambia Joins Commemoration of World TB Day
[The Point]The Gambia joins the rest of the world in celebrating World TB Day on Monday 24 March. Held annually on March 24 each year, World TB Day marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 24, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Today is World Tuberculosis Day
[Daily Observer]The Gambia will today join the rest of the world to celebrate World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. World Tuberculosis Day can be traced back to 1982, when the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (IUATLD) commonly called the Union, launched World TB Day for the first time on March 24 that year, to coincide with 100th anniversary of Dr. Koch's discovery. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 24, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Guinea: Gambia on Alert After Guinea, Sierra Leone Ebola Outbreak
[Daily Observer]Health authorities in The Gambia appear to have been alerted by the deadly outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever - Ebola disease - in neighbouring West African countries after 59 out of the 80 people infected in Guinea reportedly died, whilst Sierra Leone is making efforts to contain it. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 24, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Charity Festival Donates Sanitary Items to Basse Health Centre
[The Point]Ngasaisu Basse Charity Festival (Let go back home) has donated sanitary material to Basse Health Centre worth D10, 000. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 21, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Briks-Tone Fiesta Donates D9,500 to Brikama Health Centre
[The Point]The 5th Briks-Tone Fiesta, an annual and cultural music festival, donated sanitary items worth over D9,500 to Brikama Major Health Centre on 6 March 2014. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 21, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Survey Shows 'High Fertility and Youth' in Gambians
[The Point]The report on the 2013 Gambia Demographic and Health Survey (GDHS) just out has spoken of the "high fertility and youth" of Gambians, adding that the population of reproductive age is very young. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 21, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Smoking Kills
[Daily Observer]It is indeed good seeing the Health Ministry convening a donor conference to solicit partnership in controlling tobacco usage in the country. Cognizant of the health and economic effects of tabacco, the significance of such a forum cannot be overemphasised. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 21, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: U.S. NGO Boosts GAF With Medical Items
[The Point]An American NGO, Benevolent Health Care Foundation, through the US Embassy in The Gambia Wednesday handed over a container of medical equipment and supplies to the Gambia Armed Forces, at a ceremony held at Yundum Barracks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 20, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Nurses On Trial for Negligence, Corruption
[The Point]The trial of four nurses working at Brikama health centre proceeded yesterday, before principal magistrate Dayoh Small of the Brikama magistrates' court. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 20, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Health Minister Raises Concern Over Tobacco Associated Diseases
[Daily Observer]Awell-documented evidence on health risks associated with cigarette smoking in The Gambia has become a concern to the minister of Health and Socials Welfare. Dr. Omar Sey, who noted that tobacco use is shown to be responsible for 5% of deaths, caused by non-communicable diseases in population, aged, 30- years and above. Dr Sey who added that this is a very disturbing issue for a country which critically relies on its youths to propel the desired economic growth and development, recently made these remarks, (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 20, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Fass Njaga Choi Clinic, Staff Quarters Opened
[The Point]Fass Njaga Choi community clinic serving 19 communities and seeing approximately one thousand patients per month was recently renovated, including its staff quarters, by Helping Charity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 19, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Health Ministry Kick-Starts Developing Communication Plans
[The Point]A five-day workshop organised by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Monday kicked off at the Bwiam lodge, in Foni Kansala District of the West Coast Region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 19, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Experts Meet to Develop New Communication Plan for Enhanced EPI
[Daily Observer]Health experts under the aegis of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare through its Directorate of Health Promotion and Education Monday commenced a five-day seminar in Bwiam, Foni Kansala District, to develop a new communication plan for the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI). The gathering, which brought together 25 participants from the Ministry of Health and other associate partners, is funded by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 19, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Gambia to Strengthen Surveillance System for Meningitis
[Daily Observer]The Gambia government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare with support from the World Health Organisation on Tuesday concluded five-day training for medical doctors and senior health workers on Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), designed to enhance surveillance system of the prevalence of meningitis in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 19, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Two Neighbouring Countries With Different Approaches to the HIV/Aids Pandemic
[Foroyaa]"I am in my late thirties. Can you believe it? I used to work for the Area Council and had to leave the job after I was diagnosed with Tuberculosis (TB). I was like skin and bone and had to go through many herbal treatments without seeing any improvement. My family started to distance themselves from me when they suspected that I had contracted HIV/AIDS. I had to go and reside in an unfinished house in the outskirts because of the isolation. I would have died if it were not for this support society that ga (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 19, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: U.S. Department of Defense to Present Medical Supplies to GAF
[The Point]Representatives from the U.S. Government will hand over a container of medical equipment and supplies from the U.S-based Benevolent Health Foundation's Project Cure to the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF), on 19 March 2014, at Yundum Barracks, stated a press release sent yesterday to The Point by US Embassy in The Gambia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 18, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Health, High On Government's Agenda
[Daily Observer]The most efficient resource for producing the sustainable socio-economic transformation of any nation is a healthy populace. In fact, the health status of the people of any given nation is in itself an indicator of growth and progress since it can be a parameter to gauge the participation of their development process. Already, the rapid expansion of hospitals across the country equipped with modern medical facilities and highly trained doctors, particularly those from Cuba, have greatly improved the health (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 18, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: AFPRC General Hospital Boosted With Gambian Doctors
[The Point]The Governor of the North Bank Region, who also doubles as the chairperson of AFPRC General Hospital, has lauded President Yahya Jammeh and the government for the graduation of the first-ever medical doctors from the University of The Gambia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 17, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news