Gambia: Gambia remains Ebola-free - Govt.

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Following rumours of a suspected case of Ebola in the Gambia, the government has said the country remains free of the disease that has claimed over 5,000 lives mostly in three West African states.

Mr. Momodou Njai, Director of Health Promotion at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, told PANA here that the tiny West African nation has no recorded case of the disease, hence there is no cause for alarm.

“There is no case of Ebola in this country, there is no suspect reported as at now. We know that people have been calling and worried that a case has been reported at the Jammeh Foundation Hospital,” he said Monday, following an online newspaper report of a suspected case.

Mr. Njai said the case that triggered the rumours is that of a man who died of Tuberculosis at the hospital.

“We know that when TB is chronic in an individual the person bleeds. Because they saw blood coming from the person's nose, many panicked. There is no case of Ebola (in the Gambia),” the government official said.

Njai urged the public to continue to observe prevention methods that includes regular hand washing and to report any suspected case by calling the Ebola toll-free number, 1025.
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17 november 2014 10:46:39

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