The Basse Health Centre was on Monday upgraded into a District Hospital. The official inauguration was presided over by the Basic Education Minister Dr. Fatou Lamin Faye.
Dr. Faye in her inaugural speech said the upgraded facility would reduce the burden on the community of Basse and the surrounding by obviating the need to travel long distances to gain access to tertiary healthcare services including Emergency Obstetric Care, access to high diagnostic service facilities such as X-ray, 24 hours accident and emergency, amongst others.
She added that the facility would also cut down the number of referral cases from Basse to Bansang Hospital, noting that the government of The Gambia, through the Ministry of Health, will continue to focus on women, children and youth empowerment through the provision of better health services.
Honourable Omar Sey, the Minister of Health, said the upgrading of the facility into a district hospital would go a long way in providing adequate health services to Gambian people.
The Governor of the Upper River Region, Omar Sompo Ceesay, extolled The Gambia government for upgrading the facility to a district hospital, noting that this is something very important for the people of his region. He thanked the Gambian leader for being so supportive to the people of The Gambia, particularly those of his region.
Ebrima Baldeh, regional principal nursing officer, and the chief of Fulladu West, Muhammed Krubally, both thanked the Gambian leader for the wonderful initiative.
Point of Entry Clinics for Sabi, Others
In another development, government has inaugurated the Point of Entry Clinics in Sabi and Nyamanari, both in the Upper River Region (URR) and Misira in the Lower River Region (LRR).
The project, which was supported by the government and the people of Japan through the Japanese Ebola Project under the coordination of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Office, is aimed at intensifying efforts for Emergency Public Health Preparedness and Response.
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