Gambia: In Alhagie Jobe & Co's Trial - EFSTH Staff Appears But...
[Daily Observer]One Ebrima Jallow of Kanifing Estate, a medical lab technician at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH), on Wednesday appeared before Justice Emmanuel Amadi of the Special Criminal Court (SCC) in Banjul, as a witness in the criminal trial involving the state against Alhagie Jobe, deputy editor-in-chief of the Daily Observer; and Mbye Bittaye, an ex-employee of Africell. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: 'Foundation Stop Malaria' Launched
[Daily Observer]The regional director of West Health Region (1) Alhagie Saine last Friday launched 'Foundation Stop Malaria,' at a ceremony held at Tranquil Holiday Resort, Brusubi in Kombo North District of West Coast Region (WCR). (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 21, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: What Do We Know About Stress - What Are Symptoms, Signs, & Causes
[The Point]Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Stress isn't always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you're constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price. You can protect yourself by recognizing the signs and symptoms of stress and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 21, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: New PRO for Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital
[Daily Observer]A new public relations officer has been appointed at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH), the Daily Observer has learnt. Modou Lamin Jammeh alias 'duks', a senior lab technician, succeeded Baboucarr Ngum who retired after serving the hospital for so long. Jammeh is a long-serving health worker at the hospital and his career spanned for over 27 years. Speaking in an interview with the Daily Observer, Jammeh, who underwent several local and overseas trainings, said his top priority is to make (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 20, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Turkey to Send 30 Health Personnel to Gambia
[The Point]The government of Turkey through the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency, TIKA, and Turkey's embassy in Banjul will in June 2014 send 30 health personnel to The Gambia, under a new technical assistance project for the country's health sector. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 16, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Janneh - Exclusive Breast-Feeding Is a Source of Food Security
[Daily Observer]A nutrition field officer at West Coast Region (WCR) has described exclusive breast-feeding (1st 6 months after birth) as a source of food security, which has the potential to minimise the rate of infection and creates bonding (closeness) between mother and the child. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 16, 2014 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: DPS Gassama Says GBV Is Recognised As Global Health Issue
[Daily Observer]The deputy permanent secretary at the office of the Vice-President Bintou Gassama stated that the international community has recognised gender-based violence (GBV) not only as a significant human rights issue, but also as development and global health issue. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 15, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: U.S.$200,000 Bansang Hospital Vision Centre Inaugurated
[Daily Observer]The governor of Central River Region (CRR) Alhaji Ganyie Touray recently inaugurated a $US200, 000 Bansang Vision Centre, constructed by 'One-Sight' at the Bansang Hospital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 15, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: 'Kanyeleng' Group Training On Reproductive, Child Health Care Ends
[Daily Observer]The traditional communicators, dubbed 'Kaneyeling' groups recently held three-day training on Reproductive and Child Health Care (RCHC at New Yundum Health Centre in Kombo North District of Western Coast Region. Speaking at the occasion, Sarjo Darboe, the Regional Principal Public Health officer for Western Health Region (1), commended the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of New Yundum Health Centre, Adama Jobarteh and her staff members for their foresight in organizing this important training for the 'Kaneyeling' (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 14, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Gov't, CRS to Distribute Over One Million Anti-Mosquito Nets
[Daily Observer]The government of The Gambia and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) recently launched a campaign that will see the distribution of 1, one million and seventeen thousand, nine hundred and sixty-three (1017, 963) Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets (LLINs) across the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 13, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Haffner Says Hand-Washing Can Prevent Diseases
[Daily Observer]Anna Haffner of the Department of Water Resources has said that hand-washing can do a lot in their lives and it is a means by which so many diseases can be prevented, especially among children and the elderly as well. She made these statements on Thursday during a Global Hand Washing meeting with directors of public-private sector on hand-washing promotion. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 13, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: 'Malaria-Related Deaths Dropped By 90 Percent'
[Daily Observer]Independent research conducted in selected health facilities across the country reveals that there is a general decline in malaria incidence in the country by 85.5%, and that admissions due to disease at the hospitals and health facilities, where the studies were conducted, dropped by 74% whilst the deaths attributed to it have gone down by 90%, the president has disclosed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 13, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: Ida Bass Kidney Foundation Donates to EFSTH
[The Point]Ida Bass Kidney Foundation, a charitable organization based in the UK, Wednesday made a handsome donation to Hem dialyzes unit of Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 12, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: YCFAC Holds Health-Fair in Kafuta
[Daily Observer]The Your Change for a Change (YCFAC), in collaboration with Kafuta Youth Development Association recently held a community health-fair in Kafuta village. The health-fair brought together over 200 people across the district. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 9, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Senfour Bread Retails At D7 From Friday, Announce Bakery Owners
[The Point]Members of the Bakery Owners Association of The Gambia, under the leadership of Ali H Diab, have announced that the Senfour bread will be sold at the retail price of D7 per loaf of bread, beginning the morning of Friday 9 May 2014. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 7, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gambia: World Malaria Day Celebrated in URR
[The Point]The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Programme and other institutions, Saturday celebrated World Malaria Day in Basse, Upper River Region (URR). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 7, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

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