GAMBIA COLLEGE PEER HEALTH ASSOCIATON CAMPAIGNS IN TANJI

By: Mustapha Ceesay

On Friday, 3rdApril, 2015 The Gambia College Peer Health Association travelled to the coastal village of Tanji in Kombo South District, for a community out-reach health sensitization as enshrined in its Action-Plan.

The tour began on campus in the morning via the Kombo-Coastal-Road to the said coastal residence. It lasted for three days, from the 3rd to 6th April 2015. This three-day health sensitisation programme was conducted on diseases such as Malaria; Ebola; Teenage Pregnancy; HIV/AIDS, amongst others.

However, this three-day community out-reach health sensitisation tour by the Gambia College Peer Health Educators was basically channeled through dramatization on signs, symptoms, causes, prevention, and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases such as Ebola; Malaria; and HIV/AIDS, as well as the care for patients affected with the afore mentioned diseases. Equally, a subsequent presentation was made on teenage pregnancy.

Peer Health Gambia College Chapter, in collaboration with Youth Reform Club of Tanji have successfully carried out this three-day health sensitisation session in the community of Tanji at diverse locations, notably, the main village square “BANTABA”, and on the beautiful Sandy-Beach.

At the “BANTABA,” the Health Educators performed a drama on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). And another drama performance was showcased on Malaria Disease on the Sandy-Beach, where multiple audience was attracted by the ambience accompanied by a tumultuous drum sounds.

Yusupha Manneh, in his capacity as the president of Peer Health expressed thanks and gratitude to Almighty Allah for this successful campaign undertaken by his Association to Tanji. Manneh disclosed that this outreach to the community is part of his Association’s Action-Plan. “It is mandatory upon us to fulfill an Action-Plan,” he stated. He added that, “As Peer Health Educators we have to reach the community, talk to them, and share with them the little we have on some of the issues affecting us as youth, and as a society.”

Demba E.W. Ceesay, PRO, Peer Health, expressed his impressions by lauding the efforts and cooperation of the Alkalo of Tanji, Lamin Bojang; members of Youth Reform Club of Tanji; and the community at large in their drive to spread their message during the campaign.

In his remarks, as a native and President of Youth Reform Club, Bakary Kujabi, highlighted the essence of this campaign to his club, courtesy of the Gambia Peer Health Association. He echoed that his club has been empowered by its counterpart to participate in the sensitization campaign. “It would have been difficult with us than we have faced if we were to do it alone,” Kujabi stated.