The Minister of Basic Education, Dr. Fatou Lamin Faye, at the weekend, on behalf of the President, officially inaugurated the Essau District Hospital, which was until recently, a health Centre.
The inauguration, part of events marking the 22nd anniversary of the July 22nd Revolution, is in line with The Gambia Government’s efforts in giving access to universal health coverage to every Gambian.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Faye said government will continue to expand access to health services by expanding and upgrading a number of health facilities in the country. “This newly inaugurated health facility will reduce the burden on the community by traveling long distances to look for tertiary healthcare services including emergency obstetric care, access high capacity diagnostic service, such as x-ray facilities, 24 hours accident and emergency services, neonatal intensive care, Paediatric, postnatal and pharmacy amongst others,” she affirmed, adding that the new District Hospital would significantly cut down the number of referral cases from Essau to the Edward Francis Teaching Hospital (EFSTH).
Honourable Omar Sey, the Health Minister, for his part, said access to universal health coverage is the primary goal of the government as enshrined in the National Health Policy 2012-2020. He added that the health facilities expansion project was initiated by the government to improve access and quality of service for the population by expanding and upgrading some health facilities in strategic locations in the country and building new ones.
He went on to thank the communities of Essau and beyond for actively utilising the services of this facility to the fullest for better health outcomes. He also thanked the Regional Directorate of Health Services for their dedication and commitment to duties, while urging them to maintain the facility and equipment with maximum care.
Lamin Quin Jammeh, the Governor of North Bank Region (NBR), described the event as a manifestation of The Gambia Government’s efforts in providing healthcare service to the doorstep of all Gambians.
John Mendy, the Officer-in-Charge of Essau Hospital, on behalf of his staff affirmed their commitment to ensuring that the lives of patients are always safeguarded.
by Arfang MS Camara, on Tour