Access to universal health coverage alongside the provision of health facilities and equipment nationwide to increase access and provide quality services at all levels is the primary goal of the Jammeh administration.
These remarks were made by Dodou Bammy Jagne, the Secretary General, Head of the Civil Service, and Minister for Presidential Affairs. He was speaking on Wednesday as he presided over the opening of a D30.4million state-of-the-art complex for the Jammeh Foundation for Peace Hospital (JFPH) in Bundung.
He reaffirmed the Jammeh administration’s commitment to improve quality access to health services for the population by constructing new as well as expanding and upgrading existing health facilities in strategic locations in the country.
“The components of this building are: 24 hour accident and emergency facility, two operating theatres for emergency obstetric care (EMOC) services, neonatal intensive care unit, Paediatric wards, postnatal wards and pharmacy,” he stated, while thanking those people and institutions that have supported the implementation of the project.
The Presidential Affairs Minister affirmed that President Jammeh’s Government will remain focused, ensuring a very healthy women and youth populace, which, he added will empower them to contribute effectively not only to national development but to their individual and collective prosperities.
He appealed to the staff of JFPH and the residents of Bundung to take full ownership of the Hospital and judiciously manage the facilities and equipment for the benefit of all and sundry.
The Director General of GAMWORKS, Ebrima Cham, said he was proud of President Jammeh because of the numerous achievements which have taken place during the last 22 years under his visionary leadership.
He further informed the gathering that the complex was implemented under the Community-based Infrastructure and Livelihood Improvement Project (CILIP). The CILIP Project, Cham went on, is an initiative of the Government to bring infrastructural development to every nook and cranny of The Gambia.
The Chief Executive Officer of JFPH, Kebba Manneh, said between 2012-2014 the Hospital has seen over 250,000 outpatients, conducted over 13,000 deliveries, registered over 21,000 women for antenatal clinic and admitted over 3,000 patients for various problems and more than 300,000 laboratory visits.
Other speakers at the ceremony include the Minister of Health, Omar Sey; Chairman JFPH, Dr. Alieu Gaye, and Lady Councillor Aja Amie Jatta-Njie.
by Lamin B. Darboe