In an attempt to control the highly contagious Ebola virus and other diseases of public health importance from ever entering the borders of this country, two new Ebola outpost clinics were at the weekend inaugurated in Amdallai and Kerr Ali border posts.
The project is supported by the governments of The Gambia and Japan through the Japanese Ebola Project and is implemented under the coordination of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Office.
In her inaugural speech, Dr. Fatou Lamin Faye the Basic Education Minister stated that having this important facility would help the country’s efforts in the detection and reporting of diseases of public health importance.
She affirmed that the Ebola crisis in the sub-region was a wake-up call for the region and thus it has resulted to the strengthening of disease surveillance through the construction of points of entries at the official boarder points.
Omar Sey, the Health Minister said the Point of Entry (POE) project was initiated by his Ministry and partners in 2015 as part of the National Ebola Preparedness and Response Plan to address public health emergencies in the country with particular emphasis on points of entry.
According to him, this facility will serve as a screening centre for suspected cases waiting for evacuation to the next level of care, adding that it would also serve as an office for the disease surveillance officers for infectious diseases amongst others.
Karamba Keita, the Regional Director of Health Services for NBR, said this newly built facility will help them in their continued fight towards detecting and reporting of diseases of public health importance.
The Alkalolu of Amdallai and Kerr Ali, Alpha Faye and Alieu Bittaye respectively, said the importance of the facilities in their communities cannot be overemphasised as one of the first entry points in the country.
by Arfang MS Camara, on Tour