Gambian women have traditionally been the primary recipients of healthcare services. In recent years however, the interventions that were conceived and hatched for them have been life transforming.
Cognizance of the fact that women had been grappling with the burden of child bearing and childcare, the establishment of health facilities in every nook and cranny of the country has perhaps come as a major relief to women than any other segment of the populace.
News that the UNFPA has again complimented the efforts of the government by providing the concerned ministry with hospital equipment worth over GMD72million is indeed heartwarming. With equipment of different types and functions, women are also better equipped to meaningfully partake in socio-economic activities as well assume their rightful positions in both political and managerial positions.
This is also in recognition of the fact that any society that takes the health of its women for granted will bound to stutter along the path of development. In addition to fully functional structures such as hospitals and major health centres, crucial services like counselling are also being made available to Gambian women.
In fact, the commissioning of district hospitals in strategic parts of the country by the government will significantly allow rural women in particular to seek medical attention without having to travel beyond their respective regions. This means more time to attend to the needs of their families besides enabling them to focus on their crops, most especially now that the farming season is in full swing.
Health they say is wealth. This widely held adage resonates more with women in metropolitan Gambia who are heavily engaged in business and other economic activities. Having an affordable and a highly accessible healthcare delivery system at their disposal, they are better primed to undertake trade and commerce more desirably.
To show that they are not only beneficiaries of healthcare packages, Gambian women including young ladies also continue to be proactive in environmental cleansing exercises. If that trend should continue, disease prevention as opposed to their cure and or treatment will be better for the country.