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Gambia gov’t cautions airlines over operations in Ebola zones


The Gambia government through its relevant Ministries Wednesday cautioned airline companies based in Banjul to adjust to certain international health regulations by the weekend deadline or else face suspension of services.

The decision came amidst fear that the deadly Ebola virus could fast spread to other West African or regional countries if surveillance and other preventive mechanisms are not strengthened.

The deadly disease which has no known cure, even though medical breakthroughs for it look quite promising, started in Guinea and quickly spread over to countries like Sierra Leone, Liberia and now Nigeria.

The Gambia has so far managed to prevent it, but however, given how rapidly it is spreading in West Africa, the country’s health authorities have not been relenting to making sure that the deadly virus spares the nation.

Last Monday, the World Bank (WB) announced US$200 million in emergency funds to help Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone contain the Ebola outbreak, which has killed nearly a thousand people. Funds are destined for medical equipment, workers’ health support, and other vital materials to stabilize health systems, added the international Guinea has suffered the highest death toll, with 358 fatalities out of 458 confirmed Ebola cases so far. Sierra Leona has had the largest number of cases – 646 overall – with 273 deaths, while Liberia has had 255 deaths out of 468 cases. The latest country to import the disease is Nigeria, which has had eight reported cases.

“The life of the citizenry will not be compromise. The only way for airlines to continue operations between The Gambia and affected countries would be if they put in place all the required gadgets at the airport by the end of the weekend or else government will take its stands,” The Gambia’s Health minister, Omar Sey told a meeting attended by representatives of the airline operators and other stakeholders.

Sey said The Gambia as a country is very concerned about the disease.

“This is why we are looking at the level of preparedness of the airlines that bring in passengers from the affected zones,” he noted.

The Gambia’s Transport minister, Balla Garba Jahumpa bemoaned that the Ebola virus has killed so many people in the sub–region, and this, he noted, is a concern to the people and the government of The Gambia.

“As a responsible government, the lives of the people are more concern to us than anything else,” he declared, commending Arik Airlines for suspending the operations of all its flights to the affected countries.

Hatab Fadera
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BREAKING NEWS: Officials: Gambia ready to tackle any suspected case of Ebola


Following the outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever – Ebola disease – in neighbouring West African countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone, Gambian health authorities have been monitoring the situation with a view to avoiding its epidemic in the country.

It came after the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the
Guinean health officials reported Sunday that 59 out of the 80 people
infected in that country died of the highly contagious disease.

Although there is no confirmed case of the disease in The Gambia yet,
however, given the porosity of the borders within the sub-region,
coupled with the frequent movement of people in and out of the various
borders, the situation has poses threat to countries like The Gambia
where a lot of African nationals visit regularly for trade and other

But reacting to the epidemic Sunday through a press release, The
Gambia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare confirmed the outbreak
in neighbouring countries, and cautioned that there is no cause for
alarm as the country has ”all the required logistics and manpower” to
deal with any eventual occurrence.

”The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare would like to inform the
general public of the outbreak of Ebola virus in the Sub-Saharan
Africa region. The general public is hereby informed that the Ministry
of Health and Social Welfare is fully aware of the situation and
closely monitoring it. All the required logistics and manpower are
readily available to deal with the situation in case of any suspected
or confirmed case of the disease.

The general public should look out for the following signs and
symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, nausea and vomiting,
abdominal pain, diarrhea, weakness, bleeding from the nose, mouth,
anus and vagina plus history of travel or occupational exposure to
wild life. All suspected cases should be reported to the nearest
health facility. The disease is serious and contagious. Once again the
Ministry of Health and Social Welfare wishes to assure the general
public that there should be no cause for alarm,” it concluded.

Ebola virus is an uncommon viral infection which kills nearly 90% of
its victims. Researchers from the National Institute of Health (NIH)
have identified five types of Ebola virus and discovered something in
the virus that causes the significant internal bleeding that almost
always results in death. The viral glycoprotein is believed to destroy
endothelial cells that line the walls of the blood vessels.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever (also called Ebola fever) is the human disease
associated with the Ebola virus and it happens when the virus enters
the body.

Four of the five Ebola viruses cause disease in humans. The four
deadly variants are: Bundibugyo virus, Ebola virus, Sudan virus, and
Taï Forest virus. So far, only parts of Africa have reported the
disease in humans, but the Reston type of Ebola virus (not harmful to
humans) has now been identified by scientists in the Philippines.

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